From the Navy News Service:
- 1855 - USS Plymouth crew has skirmish with Chinese troops.
- 1875 - Cmdr. Edward Lull begins expedition to locate the best ship canal route across Panama.
- 1943 - In the Southwest Pacific, USS Helena (CL 50) fired first proximity-fused projectile in combat, shooting down a Japanese divebomber in the process.
- 1968 - Lt. Clarence W. Cote becomes the first male Nurse Corps officer in the regular Navy.
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