Today in U.S. Naval History - January 20
1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States
1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department.
1914 - School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, Fla.
1948 - Establishment of U.S. Persian Gulf Area Command (later changed to Middle East Force in August 1948).
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