1794 - President George Washington signs the Naval Act of 1794 authorizing the construction of six frigates: United States, Constellation, Constitution, Chesapeake, Congress, and President.
1799 - During the Quasi-War with France, the frigate Constitution recaptures the American sloop Neutrality back from France.
1880 - The sloop of war Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland.
1944 - USS Hake (SS 256) torpedoes and sinks Japanese merchant tanker south of Borneo and USS Rasher (SS 269) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks an army cargo ship about 50 miles north of Bali.
1975 - The evacuation by sea of Da Nang, Vietnam begins, a four-day effort by Military Sea Command ships that carries more than 30,000 refugees from Da Nang until March 30, when the North Vietnamese troops overrun the city and harbor.
2007 - The last known female veteran of World War I, Charlotte Louise Berry Winters, dies at the age of 109. She enlisted in the Navy in 1917.