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

1777 – During the American Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, the flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time (More info)

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery (More info)

1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.3 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, making him the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph (More info)

1939 – France, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies of World War II (More info)

1976 – The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars (More info)