This Day in Naval History – August 8

Monday, August 03, 2009

1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara

1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon

1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands

1947 - Birthdate of the Medical Service Corps

1964 - The Navy and national intelligence sources report a North Venamese PT boat attack on USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox in the Tokin Gulf prompting Congress to pass the Tonkin Gulf Resolution on 7 August 1964. The attack was later disproven.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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