From the Navy News Service:
- 1800 - USS Essex becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the equator.
- 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
- 1955 - Ships from the 7th Fleet begin the evacuation of Chinese nationalists from the Tachen Islands.
- 1965 - In response to a Viet Cong attack on a U.S. barracks area in Pleiku, South Vietnam, aircraft from carriers USS Coral Sea (CV 43), USS Hancock (CV 19) and USS Ranger (CV 61) attack a North Vietnamese area near Donghoi.
- 1991 - Using her remotely piloted vehicle for spotting, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) pounds Iraqi artillery, electronic warfare and naval sites with her 16-inch guns. Fifty rounds sink or severely damage 15 boats, and destroy piers at Khawr al-Mufattah Marina.
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.