THE PUEBLO INCIDENT ON THIS DATE IN 1968

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USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is an American Navy intelligence ship which was boarded and captured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in what is known as the Pueblo incident or alternatively as the Pueblo crisis or the Pueblo affair. Occurring less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union Address and only weeks before the Tet Offensive, it was a major incident in the Cold War.

North Korea stated that it strayed into their territorial waters, but the United States maintains that the vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident.

The Pueblo, still held by the DPRK today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. It is currently moored along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where it is used as a propaganda museum ship. It is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive.

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                 CDR. Llyod M. Bucher, Commanding Officer  of the USS Pueblo

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                          The captured USS Pueblo on display in North Korea

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           Memorial plaque at the Confederate Prison Museum, Andersonville, Ga.

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FIRST ATOMIC SUB LAUNCHED ON THIS DATE IN 1954

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LAUNCHING OF THE USS NAUTILUS MAIN
 

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. She was also the first vessel to complete a submerged transit across the North Pole.

Namesake of the submarine in Jules Vern’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Nautilus was authorized in 1951 and launched in 1954. Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged for far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation and was able to travel to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction; this information was used to improve subsequent submarines.

The Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. She has been preserved as a museum of submarine history in Groton, Connecticut where she was launched. she receives some 250,000 visitors a year.

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Another photo of the Launching of the USS Nautilus showing the spectators

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The Nautilus docked at the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum
located at Gorton, Connecticut.

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AVIATION HISTORY ON THIS DATE IN 1911

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Eugene B. Ely (above) made the first successful landing of an aircraft
on a floating vessel when he flew his Curtiss Pusher onto the deck of  
the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay. He was 24 years old.

first landing of aircraft on a ships deck in 1911
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taking off from the deck

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ELVIS PRESLEY WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1935

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           Gladys and Vernon Presley with young Elvis in 1937  

                     
           Elvis on a special Milton Berl Show aboard the USS Hancock in    
           San Diego. It was the first of two appearances on the NBC show.

                       Elvis on the the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 

            
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                              Elvis joined the US Army in 1958 

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                     Priscilla and Elvis with Daughter Lisa Marie

         Elvis in H. 

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elvis marker

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FAMOUS AVIATOR BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1896

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          Doolittle’s grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Doolittle lifting off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet
on April 18, 1942, the famous raid on Tokyo.

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