Today in U.S. Naval History: July 16

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
USS Missouri in the Panama canal, Miraflores Locks. (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 16

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral

1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo.

1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal.

1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M.

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

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