From the Navy News Service
1747 - Birth of John Paul Jones
at Arbigland, Scotland.
1898 - Armed Auxiliary Dixie captures Spanish Three Bells, Pilgrim and Greeman Castle.
1908 - Cmdr. Robert Peary sails in Roosevelt from New York to explore Arctic.
1911 - First naval aviation base established at Annapolis, Md.
1920 - Test and first use of radio compass in aircraft off Norfolk, Va.
1943 - Night Battle of Kula Gulf results in loss of two Japanese destroyers and USS Helena (CL 50).
1976 - First women enter U.S. Naval Academy.