1975 US Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacuation.
1861 USS Surprise captures Confederate privateer Savannah
1898 Marines land at Cavite, Philippines, and raise U.S. flag
1949 First Navy firing of a high altitude Viking rocket at White Sands, NM
1917 First Navy ships, Destroyer Division 8, arrive at Queenstown, Ireland, to provide convoy escorts against German U-boats
1942 Battle of Coral Sea, first carrier vs. carrier battle, begins
1945 Japanese attempt to land on Okinawa repulsed; kamikaze attacks damage 6 U.S. Navy ships
1961 Pilot CDR Malcolm D. Ross, USNR, and medical observer LCDR Victor A. Prather, Jr., ascended in two hours to over 110,00 feet in Strato-Lab 5, a 411-foot hydrogen filled balloon launched from from the deck of USS Antietam. This was the highest altitude attained by man in an open gondola. Tragically, Prather drowned during the recovery.
1944 USS Comfort is commissioned in San Pedro, CA; first ship to be manned jointly by Army and Navy personnel
1948 VF-17A becomes first carrier qualified jet squadron (USS Saipan)
1961 CDR Alan Shepard Jr. makes first U.S. manned space flight. Flight of Freedom 7 (Mercury 3) which lasted 15 minutes and 28 seconds reached the altitude of 116.5 statute miles with a velocity of 5,134 mph. Recovery was by HUS1 helicopter of HMR(L)-262 from USS Lake Champlain(CVS-39).
1980 USS Robert E. Peary rescues 440 Vietnamese refugees from disabled craft south of Thailand
1909 Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco
1916 First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC
1942 CAPT Milton Miles arrives in Chungking, China, to begin building an intelligence and guerilla training organization, Naval Group China
1945 Naval landing force evacuates 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands
1779 Continental Navy sloop Providence captures British brig Diligent off Cape Charles
1934 USS Constitution completes tour of principal U.S. ports
1940 FDR orders Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters indefinitely
1942 Carrier aircraft sink Japanese carrier Shoho during Battle of Coral Sea
1911 Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation
1942 Battle of the Coral Sea ends with Japanese retiring from area
1945 VE Day, Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies
1963 Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis.
1972 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam.