This Day in Navy History

Navy News Service
Friday, September 09, 2011

1923 - In disaster at Point Honda, Calif., seven destroyers run aground through faulty navigation.
1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims a limited national emergency and increases enlisted strength in the Navy and Marine Corps; also authorizes the recall to active duty of officers, men and nurses on the retired lists of the Navy and Marine Corps.
1954 - U.S. signs Manila Treaty forming SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization).
1958 - Lt. R. H. Tabor, wearing a Navy-developed pressure suit, completes a 72-hour simulated flight at altitudes as high a 139,000 feet. It was another step in the development of the Navy spacesuit, which NASA accepted in 1959 for use by Mercury astronauts.

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