Today in U.S. Naval History - August 9
1815 - Capt. Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli
1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade.
1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I.
1919 - Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized
1941 - Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
1942 - Battle of Savo Island begins; first of many sea battles near Guadalcanal
1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb.
1949 - First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by LT Jack I. Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, S.C.
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