1843 - Capt. Robert Stockton on Princeton, the first screw-propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily.
1915 - Submarine Base at New London, Conn is established.
1944 - Secretary of the Navy orders African
-American women accepted into the Naval Reserve
1987 - Iranian oil-drilling platform used for military purposes is destroyed.
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.