From the Navy News Service
1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes the first woman Navy
petty officer when she is sworn in as a chief yeoman.
1919 - The Navy installs and tests a Sperry gyrocompass, in the first test of an aircraft gyrocompass.
1945 - The Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered surface-to-air guided-missile development by awarding a contract to Fairchild.