Today in U.S. Naval History: May 1

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Colored print after a painting by J.G. Tyler, copyright 1898 by P.F. Collier. Ships depicted in left side of print are (l-r): Spanish Warships Don Juan de Ulloa, Castilla, and Reina Cristina. Those in right side are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore and USS Olympia. Collections of the Navy Department, purchased from Lawrence Lane, 1970. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph.

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 1

1898 - Battle of Manila Bay, Adm Dewey defeats Spanish at Manila, Philippines

1934 - Lt. Akers demonstrates blind landing system at College Park, Md. in OJ-2 aircraft

1945 - V.Adm. Barbey lands Australian troops on Tarakan Island, Borneo, supported by naval gunfire

1951 - USS Princeton aircraft attack Hwachon Dam using aerial torpedoes, only use of this weapon in Korean War

1980 - 11 Navy ships begin operations assisting Coast Guard in rescuing Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba in overcrowded boats

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at

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