This Day in Naval History - May 08

Friday, May 07, 2004
1911 - Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation.

1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea ends with Japanese retiring from area.

1945 - VE - Day, Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allies.

1963 - Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis.

1972 - U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam.

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