1777 - The frigate, USS Raleigh, commanded by Thomas Thompson, captures the British brig, HMS Nancy, while en route to France to purchase military stores.
1864 - During the Civil War, the 8-gun paddle-wheeler, USS Naiad, engages a Confederate battery at Rowe's Landing, La., and silences it.
1940 - As the Battle of Britain intensifies, United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull agrees to the transfer of 50 warships to the Royal Navy. In exchange, the U.S. is granted land in various British possessions for the establishment of naval or air bases, on ninety-nine-year rent-free leases.
1944 - USS Finback (SS 230) rescues Lt. j.g. George H.W. Bush, USNR, who is shot down while attacking Chichi Jima. During this time, Lt. j.g. Bush serves with Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT 51) based on board USS San Jacinto (CVL 30). Lt. j.g. Bush later becomes the 41st president of the United States.
1945 - More than two weeks after accepting the Allies terms, Japan formally surrenders, marking the end of World War II. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, take place on board the battleship, USS Missouri (BB 63), anchored with other United States and British ships in Tokyo Bay.