USS Jeannette (1879-1881) Engraving after a sketch by H.A. Ogden, depicting Jeannette leaving San Francisco, California, on July 8, 1879 to begin her Arctic expedition. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)
Today in U.S. Naval History -July 8
1778 - Allied French fleet under Comte d'Estaing arrives in America.
1853 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his squadron into Tokyo Bay.
1879 - USS Jeannette departs San Francisco to explore Arctic.
1944 - Naval bombardment of Guam begins.
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