This Day in Naval History - July 01

Friday, July 01, 2005

From the Navy News Service

1797 - Naval Regulations passed by Congress.

1800 - First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S.

1801 - U.S. squadron under Commodore Dale enters Mediterranean to strike Barbary Pirates.

1850 - Naval School at Annapolis renamed Naval Academy.

1851 - Naval Academy adopts four year course of study.

1911 - Trial of first Navy aircraft, Curtiss A-1. The designer, Glenn Curtiss, makes first flight in Navy's first aircraft, A-1, at Lake Keuka, N.Y., then prepares Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, the first naval aviator, for his two solo flights in A-1.

1914 - Prohibition of alcohol begins in the Navy.

1916 - Establishment of informal school for officers assigned to submarines at New London, Conn.

1946 - First of two detonations, Operation Crossroads nuclear test.

1951 - Responsibility for the Government of Trust Territories transferred from Navy to Department of Interior.

1972 - Date of rank of Rear Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., who was first U.S. Navy admiral of African-American descent.

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