1861 - The Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, S.C.
1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson qualifies as the first naval aviator.
1962 - The Navy demonstrates a new landing craft,
From the Navy News Service: 1861 - Union steamer Star of the West is fired on by the Confederates in Charleston Harbor. 1918 - The Naval Overseas Read Post
1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, Read Post