From the Navy News Service.
- 1943 - The Chief of Naval Operations issued the Bureau of Naval Personnel Circular Letter on non-discrimination in the Navy V-12 program.
- 1944 - Congress appoints the first three of four fleet admirals.
- 1965 - Gemini 6 is launched with Capt. Walter M. Schirra Jr. as Command Pilot. The mission included 16 orbits in 25 hours and 51 minutes. Recovery was by HS-11 helicopters from USS Wasp (CVS 18).
- 1988 - Earnest Will convoy operations to escort reflagged tankers in the Persian Gulf is ceased.
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