From the Navy News Service
1776 - The Continental Navy frigate Columbus captures HM Tender Hawke; this is the first American capture of a British armed vessel.
1854 - Sailors and Marines from sailing sloop Plymouth, protect U.S. citizens at Shanghai.
1898 - Appointment of the first Civil Engineering Corps officer, Rear Adm. Mordecai Endicott, as chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks.
1949 - NATO is established.