Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1608 – John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia (More info)

1897 – A London man is arrested for drunk driving, making him the first person apprehended for the crime (More info)

1939 – Canada declares war on Nazi Germany and joins the Allies (More info)

1977 – Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder in France, becomes the last person executed by guillotine (More info)

2002 – Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, becomes the 190th member of the United Nations (More info)