1862 - Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles directs the formation of an organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development that eventually leads to National Academy of Science.
1943 - USS Fletcher (DD 445) and Scouting Observation Plane (VCS 9) from light cruiser Helena (CL 50) sink Japanese submarine I-18 in the Coral Sea.
1944 - USS Gudgeon (SS 211) sinks Japanese freighter Satsuma Maru that was previously damaged by Chinese B-25s off Wenchow, China.
1945 - The Yalta Conference ends after an 8-day session where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, along with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, discuss Europes post-war reorganization and the reestablishment of a war-torn Europe, and for the Soviets to enter the war against Japan upon Germanys defeat.
1984 - Guided Missile Submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) is commissioned.
1989 - Guided Missile Cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) is commissioned.
1989 - Fast Attack Submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) is commissioned.
1995 - Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is commissioned.