From the Navy News Service
1776 - The Continental brig Lexington captures the British ship Edward.
1917 - The Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the United States.
1942 - The Navy accepts African Americans for general service.
1945 - Lt. j.g. Ann Purvis and Ensign Jane Kendeigh become the first Navy flight nurses to land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima).
1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat the last Japanese Navy sortie at the Battle of East China Sea; Yamato, the world's largest battleship, and five other ships are sunk.
1979 - The first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN 726), is launched at Groton, Conn.