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

1846 – President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War (More info)

1924 – Mercedes-Benz is formed when Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merge their two companies (More info)

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded (More info)

1981 – Legendary reggae performer Bob Marley dies of cancer at the age of 36 (More info)

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format (More info)