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NEWS | Oct. 11, 2011

This week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 9, 1945 - A parade in New York City honored Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz and 13 other Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor awardees.

Oct. 10, 1845 - Naval School, later the Naval Academy, opened in Annapolis, Md. with 50 midshipmen and seven faculty.

Oct. 11, 1963 - A Navy medical team from Norfolk, Va. Began a massive inoculation program to safeguard against the outbreak of typhoid in the wake of Hurricane Flora.

Oct. 12, 2000 - Terrorists in a boat made a suicide attack on USS Cole (DDG-67) while the ship refueled in the port of Aden, Yemen. Seventeen Sailors were killed.

Oct. 13, 1775 - Birthday of U.S. Navy. The Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, later the U.S. Navy.

Oct. 14, 1918 - Naval Aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 made the first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I when they bombed a German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium.

Oct. 15, 1960 - USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) began a test successfully firing four Polaris test vehicles under operational rather than test conditions. Tests were completed Oct. 18.