From the Navy News Service
1778 - John Paul Jones
, while commanding the American vessel Ranger, receives the first official salute to the U.S. Stars and Stripes flag by a European country, at Quiberon, France.
1804 - Lt. Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise
, enters Tripoli Harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to destroy the captured frigate Philadelphia
. Decatur succeeds without American losses.
1813 - USS Essex becomes
first U.S. warship to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific Ocean.
1814 - USS Constitution captures the British ships Lovely Ann and Pictou.
1840 - Officers from USS Vincennes make the first landing in Antarctica on floating ice.