1862 Union naval forces occupy New Orleans, LA
1898 Congress declares war existed with Spain since 21 April
1914 First combat observation mission by Navy plane, at Veracruz, Mexico.
1917 Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engage and damage a German U-boat. This was the first engagement of U.S. naval personnel against the enemy in World War I.
1959 USS Eversole rescues 14 Chinese Nationalist fishermen from their sinking fishing trawler in the Formosa Strait.
1921 U.S. Naval Detachment left Yugoslavia after administering area around Spalato for 2 years to guarantee transfer of area from Austria to new country
1952 USS Hobson sinks after colliding with USS Wasp; 176 lives lost
1805 Naval forces capture Derne, Tripoli; raise U.S. flag over foreign soil
1813 U.S. Navy and Army forces capture York (now Toronto), Canada
1861 President Lincoln extended blockade of Confederacy to VA and NC ports
1862 Naval forces capture Forts Jackson and St. Philip, LA
1944 U.S. LSTs attacked during Operation Tiger
1814 USS Peacock captures HMS Epervier
1898 U.S. warships engage Spanish gunboats and shore batteries at Cienfuegos, Cuba
1944 Fast carrier task force (12 carriers) commence 2 day bombing of Truk
1798 Congress establishes Department of the Navy
1975 Saigon falls to North Vietnamese forces
1898 Battle of Manila Bay, Adm Dewey defeats Spanish at Manila, Philippines
1951 USS Princeton aircraft attack Hwachon Dam using aerial torpedoes, only use of this weapon in Korean War
1980 11 Navy ships begin operations assisting Coast Guard in rescuing Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba in overcrowded boats