On this day: the USS Missouri aground

21st of January, 1950, and shows US Navy battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) four days after running aground near Thimble Shoal Light in Virginia, USA.

This photograph is from the 21st of January, 1950, and shows US Navy battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) four days after running aground near Thimble Shoal Light in Virginia, USA. She was trapped there until the 1st of February, when she was refloated and repaired.

The Missouri is famous for being the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan in 1945, ending the Second World War.

In the years following the accident in Virginia, the ship was used in the Korean and Gulf Wars before being transformed into a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

On this day…

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee flies over Wonsan on the 20th of October 1952. Korean War.
F2H-2_VF-11_CVA-33_1952 US Navy Korean War 20th October 1952 over Wonsan

Navy Day

The United States held their first Navy Day on President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday on the 27th of October, 1922. By the following year more than fifty cities in the country participated in the event.

While in recent years the day has been officially moved to the 13th of the month, it is still largely recognised as the 27th.

Ships travel down the Hudson River in New York City on Navy Day in 1945. X


On this day: the founding of the US Naval War College

The Naval War College in the United States was founded in Newport, Rhode Island on the 6th of October, 1884.

Here is Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, with faculty and students circa 1897.


Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt with faculty and class members at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1897.