1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Me.
1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C.
1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy.
1898 - Landing party from armed yacht Gloucester occupies Guanica, Puerto Rico.
1912 - First specifications for naval aircraft published.
1934 - First President to visit Hawaii, Franklin D. Roosevelt, reaches Hilo on board USS Houston (CA 30).
1941 - Bureau of Ordnance issues first Navy "E"certificates (for excellence) for industry.
1943 - Launching of USS Harmon (DE 72), first ship named for an African-American.
1990 - USS Cimarron (AO 177) rescues 25 refugees adrift southeast of Subic Bay, Philippines.
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