From the Navy News Service:
- 1814 - A British squadron captures U.S. gunboats in Battle of Lake Borgne, La.
- 1944 - The rank of fleet admiral (five star admiral) is established.
- 1945 - Capt. Sue S. Dauser receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse.
- 1965 - The Navy announces completion of 1,272-ft. radio tower at North West Cape, Australia. It is the highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere at the time.
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