Today in U.S. Naval History - July 26
1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander
1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (Lt. John Rodgers to USS Stringham)
1946 - Capt. Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve.
1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services.
1954 - Three aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) shoot down two Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft.
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