1865 - RADM Porter's gunboats' bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC.
1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, and supported by USS Guard and USS Nyack, the Darien Expedition, commanded by CDR Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., begins active operations ashore at Caldonia Bay to survery the Isthmus of Darien, Panama, for an interoceanic ship canal.
1909 - Great White Fleet returns from round the world cruise to Hampton Roads, VA.
1943 - USS Iowa (BB-61), the lead ship of the last class of American fast battleships, is commissioned.
1974 - LTJG Barbara Ann Allen becomes first Navy designated female aviator.
1795 - U.S. Navy Office of Purveyor of Supplies is established. This is the Navy Supply Corps Birthday.
1919 - Launching of Osmond Ingram (DD-255), first Navy ship named for an enlisted man.
1944 - Carrier groups under Spruance attack Saipan, Tinian and Rota in the Marianas.
1945 - Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raise flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima.
1813 - USS Hornet, Captain James Lawrence, captures HMS Peacock.
1968 - Task Force Clearwater established in I Corps.
1861 - Saratoga, member of U.S. African Squadron, captures slaver sloop Express.
1933 - Commissioning of USS Ranger, first true aircraft carrier.
1959 - USS Galveston fires first Talos surface-to-air missile.
1811 - Congress authorizes first naval hospital.
1913 - Approval of experimental wind tunnel for Navy.
1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps is first woman in Navy to receive rank of Captain.
1842 - Battle of the Java Sea, Allied Naval Force attacks Japanese invasion convoy.
1973 - First airborne mine sweep in a live minefield took place in the Haiphong, Vietnam ship channel by helicopters from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Twelve on board USS New Orleans.
1844 - Explosion of Peacemaker, experimental 14 inch gun, on board USS Princeton.
1893 - Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battleship in U.S. Navy.
1959 - USS Strong rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats floundered in a storm.
1980 - Blue crew of USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) launches 4 Trident I (C-4) missiles in first C-4 Operational Test.