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November 8

1861 - Capt. Charles Wilkes seizes two Confederate diplomats from the British steamer Trent, causing an international controversy with Great Britain known as the Trent Affair.

1942 - Operation Torch, the Allied landings in French Northwest Africa, begins. American forces land at Casablanca. French naval forces attack U.S. Navy ships and 13 French ships are sunk without a loss to the U.S.

1956 - Navy Stratolab balloon, piloted by Lt. Cmdrs. Malcolm D. Ross and M. Lee Lewis better world height record by soaring to 76,000 feet over Black Hills, S.D., on a flight to gather meteorological, cosmic ray, and other scientific data.

1975 - Over 100 Sailors and Marines from USS Inchon (LPH-12) and USS Bagley (DE-1069) fight a fire aboard a Spanish merchant vessel at Palma.

November 9

1921 - USS Olympia (C-6) arrives at the Washington Navy Yard from France carrying the body of the Unknown Soldier for internment at Arlington National Cemetery.

1950 - Task Force 77 makes its first attack on the Yalu River bridges. In the first engagement between MIG-15 and F9F jets from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), Lt. Cmdr. William T. Amen of VF-111 shoots down a MIG and becomes first Navy pilot to shoot down a jet aircraft.

1956 - Secretary of the Navy proposes the Polaris missile program to the Secretary of Defense.

November 10

1775 - Congress votes to raise two battalions of Continental Marines, establishing the Marine Corps.

1941 - U.S. escort convoy WS 12, carrying 20,000 British troops to Singapore, sails from Halifax.

November 11

1870 - Navy expedition to explore the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, southern Mexico, commanded by Capt. Robert W. Shufeldt, enters the Coatzacoalcos River to begin a survey for possible inter-oceanic canal. Support provided by USS Kansas and USS Mayflower.

1918 - Armistice ends World War I.

1920 - Lenah S. Higbee becomes the first woman to be awarded the Navy Cross. It was awarded for her World War I service.

1921 - Washington Naval Conference begins.

1943 - Two Carrier Task Forces strike Japanese shipping at Rabaul, sinking one carrier and damaging other ships. The raid saw the first use of SB2C Curtiss Helldivers in combat.

1954 - November 11 is designated as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars

1966 - Launch of Gemini 12, with Cmdr. James A. Lovell, Jr., as the command Pilot. The mission lasted 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes and included 59 orbits at an altitude of 162.7 nautical miles. Recovery was performed by HS-11 helicopter from USS Wasp (CVS-18).

1981 - Commissioning of first Trident-class Nuclear Powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726).

November 12

1912 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson makes first successful launching of an airplane (A-3) by catapult at the Washington Navy Yard.

1940 - CNO Adm. Harold Stark submits memorandum to the Secretary of the Navy on four plans if U.S. enters war. He favors the fourth one, Plan Dog, calling for strong offensive in the Atlantic and defense in the Pacific.

1942 - First day of the three days of fighting in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarks on USS Iowa (BB-61) to go to the Allied conferences at Teheran, Iran, and Cairo, Egypt.

November 13

1776 - Capt. John Paul Jones aboard Alfred with brig Providence captures British transport Mellish, carrying winter uniforms later used by Washington's troops.

1942 - Loss of USS Juneau (CL-52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in loss of Five Sullivan Brothers.

1943 - Fifth Fleet carriers begin long range night bombing attacks on Japanese positions in Gilberts and Marshalls in preparation for landings.

1957 - First firing of Regulus II bombardment missile.

November 14

1846 - Naval forces capture Tampico, Mexico.

1910 - Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, Va. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, Va.

1941 - Order given to withdraw Marines at Shanghai, Peiping, and Tientsin, China.

1944 - Carrier aircraft attack Japanese shipping in Philippines sinking five ships and damaging one.