1778 - During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Boston, commanded by Samuel Tucker, captures the British ship Martha in the North Atlantic.
1845 - George Bancroft takes office as the 17th Secretary of the Navy.
1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act, which permits delivery of war materials to Allied Powers on credit or lease.
1942 - Lt. John Bulkeley, commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, helps Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Rear Adm. Francis W. Rockwell, and their families and others, escape and depart Luzon to the Philippine island of Mindanao in motor torpedo boats PT 32, PT 34, PT 35, and PT 41 where they then catch a plane to Australia. For this action, along with other operations in the Philippines during the start of WWII, he receives the Medal of Honor.
1945 - The US Navy begins use of LCVPs (Landing Craft, Personal Vehicles) to ferry troops across the Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.