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1/1945 - Missouri departs Hawaii and proceeded to the West Caroline Islands, and....the WAR.
1/1962 - Navy SEAL teams are established.
1/1985 - Missouri dry docked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard to March 22. On September 12, the Missouri was placed "in service active," and the crew moved aboard to occupy messing and berthing spaces.
1/1986 - Missouri moored at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard thru January 28.
1/1988 - Missouri underway en route to Pearl Harbor in company with the Bunker Hill, Kansas City and Leftwich.
1/1991 - Missouri en route to Persian Gulf
1/1996 - Retired Admiral Arleigh Burke, remembered for his World War II heroics, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital at age 94.
2/1900 - Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to facilitate trade with China.
2/1942 - Manila was captured by Japanese Forces.
2/1969 - Operation Barrier Reef begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
2/1974 - President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph to help relieve the oil shortage. The speed limits were abolished in 1995.
3/1777 - General George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, NJ.
3/1868 - The Meiji Restoration established the authority of Japan's Emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as "Shoguns."
3/1944 - Top Marine Ace, Major "Pappy" Boyington captured after downing 28 enemy Japanese planes.
3/1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state.
3/1961 - The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
3/1991 - Missouri transited the Straight of Hormuz.
4/1951 - During the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
4/1989 - Aircraft from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two Libyan MiGs.
5/1781 - A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, VA.