1942 - Submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-211) becomes the first US Navy submarine to sink an enemy Japanese submarine in action during World War II.
1945 - Destroyer USS Higbee (DD-806) is commissioned. She is the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the naval service.
1952 - US Navy carrier aircraft cut the Korean railroad, a constant target during the Korean War, in 165 places, a record for a single days aircraft operations by Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 77).
1967 - Tragedy strikes the Apollo space program when a flash fire occurs in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and (Navy LCDR) Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, die in this tragic accident.
1973 - The Paris Peace Accords are signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.
1996 - Coastal Patrol Ship USS Shamal (PC 13) is commissioned.
2014 - Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) is commissioned.