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Today in U.S. Naval History: September 8

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September 8, 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 8

1923 - In disaster at Point Honda, California, seven destroyers run aground through faulty navigation

1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims limited national emergency and increases enlisted strength in the Navy and Marine Corps; also authorizes the recall to active duty of officer, men and nurses on the retired lists of the Navy and Marine Corps

1954 - U.S. signs Manila Treaty forming SEATO

1958 - Lt. R. H. Tabor, wearing a Navy developed pressure suit, completes 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.

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

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