Today in U.S Naval History - August 4
1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara
1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon
1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands
1947 - Birthdate of the Medical Service Corps
1964 - The Navy and national intelligence sources report a North Venamese PT boat attack on USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox in the Tokin Gulf prompting Congress to pass the Tonkin Gulf Resolution on August 7, 1964. The attack was later disproven.
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