Today in U.S. Naval History: November 14

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
USS Birmingham (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 14

1846 - Naval forces capture Tampico, Mexico.

1910 - Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take-off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, Va. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, Va.

1941 - Order to withdraw Marines at Shanghai, Peiping, and Tientsin, China.

1944 - Carrier aircraft attack Japanese shipping in Philippines sinking five ships and damaging one.

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

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