Today in U.S. Naval history - August 19
1812 - USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere.
1812- Devastating hurricane struck the Navy's New Orleans station, delaying military preparations in the War of 1812
1818 - Captain James Biddle takes possession of Oregon Territory for U.S.
1967 - Operation Coronado IV begins in Mekong Delta
1981 - Two VF-41 aircraft from USS Nimitz shoot down two Libyan aircraft which fired on them over international waters
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