From the Navy News Service:
- 1859 - The first Navy ship built on the West Coast of the United States, Saginaw, is launched at Mare Island, Calif.
- 1867 - The Navy Civil Engineering Corps is established.
- 1899 - An act of Congress creates the rank "Admiral of the Navy" for George Dewey.
- 1973 - Women begin pilot training in the Navy.
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.