This Day in Naval History – May 8

Friday, May 08, 2009

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.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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