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14/1991 - Missouri moored in Hobart, Tasmania, most southern port ever visited by a battleship.
15/1935 - Douglas XTBD, first Naval torpedo bomber prototype developed.
15/1944 - Pre-commissioning detail for Battleship Missouri and other smaller ships, at Newport, Rhode Island. Rumor had it that Battleship Missouri was destined to be an outstanding ship and 3,000 officers requested duty aboard her! At Newport, most of Missouri's crew assembled for specialized training, fire fighting and other schools and rapidly gained the reputation of being a "4.0 outfit".
16/1945 - Missouri's group under air attack for two hours, beginning at 1400. Missouri fires on low flying plane which crashes Intrepid (CV-11.) Another enemy aircraft attempts suicide on Missouri after being hit many times by Mo gunners. Enemy aircraft's wing clips stern crane and crashed astern, exploding on impact. Debris was thrown on board, but only minor damage. A third kamikaze attempt on Missouri came from the port quarter. The enemy aircraft, bursting into flames from hits received, passed over Missouri, crashing just off the starboard bow. The 4.0 firing of Mo's gunners now scored hits on two enemy planes end in them crashing into the sea. Two of Mo's crew were wounded during strafing attacks.
16/1945 - Kamikazes sink USS Pringle and damage Intrepid, Bowers, Hobson, Harding and Champion.
16/1947 - Financier and presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse: "Let us not be deceived - we are today in the midst of a cold war."
16/1990 - Missouri under way in company of US, Canadian, Australian, and Korean warships for Exercise RimPac 90 in the Hawaiian operating area.
17/1849 - USS Preble arrives at Nagasaki to gain the release of shipwrecked US sailors.
17/1945 - Missouri picks up enemy submarine contact twelve miles from her formation. USS Bataan (CVL-29) and four destroyers make the kill. The enemy sub was the dreaded "Kaitens", a human-manned suicide torpedo launched from a mother submarine. Eight wounded seamen from the USS Benham (DD-796) are transferred to Missouri where blood transfusions are made.
18/1775 - Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington Massachusetts, warning American colonists that the British were coming.
18/1942 - VADM Halsey's USS Hornet launches B-25's and Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's fliers successfully bomb Japan. They hit Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The raid was deemed a great psychological success.
18/1945 - Famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
18/1945 - USS Missouri marks 50,000 miles of steaming since her commissioning. Carriers Bataan and Langley hold burials at sea for US dead. Six destroyers make six depth charge attacks on a Japanese submarine and sink same.
19/1775 - American Revolutionary War began with battles at Lexington and Concord.
19/1951 - General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
19/1988 - Missouri under way for exercises in the southern California operating area.
19/1989 - USS Iowa's number 2 turret explodes during tests off Puerto Rico; 47 crew members die.
19/1989 - Aboard USS Iowa (BB-61), 47 sailors were killed when the 16" turret two exploded.
20/1944 - Germans sink USS Lansdale in U-boat attack on Convoy UGS-66.
21/1924 - Navy gives ships to US Coast Guard for law enforcement.