From the Navy News Service: occurring on this Day in Naval History:
- 1775 - Congress adopts first rules for regulation of the "Navy of the United Colonies."
- 1941 - USS Enterprise (CV 6) sails from Pearl Harbor for Wake Island to ferry Marine aircraft to island.
- 1942 - Ensigns George W. Carlson and Mac A. Cason organize rescue parties to help rescue people from the fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Mass. They are credited, "the cause of saving more lives than any other single agency."