1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, takes the Peruvian cruiser Neryeda, which is the first capture by the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.
1822 - USS Shark, commanded by Lt. Matthew C. Perry, raises the first U.S. flag over Key West, Fla., and claims the territory for the United States.
1898 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, recommends the appointment of two officers "of scientific attainments and practical ability" to examine Samuel P. Langley's flying machine and report upon its potential for use in war.
1915 - The submarine, F-4, sinks off Honolulu, Hawaii, with the loss of 21 lives. Chief Gunner's Mate Frank Crilley makes dives to more than 300 feet during salvage operations on the submarine the following month. On April 17, he rescues a fellow diver and is awarded the Medal of Honor in 1929.
1944 - USS Manlove (DE 36) and submarine chaser PC 1135 sinks Japanese submarine I 32, 50 miles south of Wotje.
1957 - The first F8U-1 "Crusader" is delivered to a fleet unit, VF-32, in the record time of two years after the first flight of the experimental model.