This Day in Naval History - July 17

Story Number: NNS020715-15Release Date: 7/15/2002 2:21:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1858 - The steam screw frigate, USS Niagara, and the British ship, HMS Agamemnon, depart Queenstown, Ireland, to assist in laying the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

1898 - Santiago, Cuba surrenders to U.S. Naval forces during the Spanish-American War.

1927 - Maj. Ross E. Rowell, USMC, leads a flight of five DHs, which are two-seat biplanes, in a strafing and dive bombing attack against bandit forces surrounding a garrison of Marines at Ocotal, Nicaragua.

1944 - At the Naval Magazine at Port Chicago, Calif., an explosion occurs on the pier where SS E.A. Bryant is loading ammunition and while SS Quinault Victory is preparing to load ammunition. The subsequent explosion of SS E.A. Bryant spins SS Quinault Victory in the air and kills 320 men, including 202 African-Americans.

1944 - USS Gabilan (SS 252) sinks Japanese minesweeper (W 25) northwest of Zenizu, Japan.

1975 - U.S. Apollo (Apollo 18) and Soviet Soyuz (Soyuz 19) space craft dock in space, making the first manned space flight conducted jointly by the 2 nations. The Apollo craft remains for 9 days, 1 hour, and approximately 28 minutes. USS New Orleans (LPH 11) later recovers the Apollo craft.

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