TODAY IN NAVAL HISTORY
1777 – John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.
1812 – During the War of 1812, Commodore John Rodgers leads a squadron onboard USS President off New York until she battles HMS Belvidera. The first shot of the War of 1812 is fired by USS President during this engagement.
1950 – North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War. Two days later, President Harry S. Truman supports the United Nation’s call and authorizes US naval and air operations south of the 38th Parallel, Korea.