From the Navy News Service
- 1848 - A Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by Lt. William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.
- 1906 - The Navy assists in relief operations during the San Francisco earthquake and fire.
- 1942 - USS Hornet (CV 8) launches Doolittle's Army bombers for the first attack on Japan.
- 1988 - Navy destroys two Iranian drilling platforms and a frigate in retaliation for attack on USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58).
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