Today in U.S. Naval History - September 26
1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, Va.
1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization
1918 - USCGC Tampa lost with 118 men, probably by German submarine
1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, Va. of USS Ranger (CV-4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier
1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla. (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG-154)
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.