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This Day in History
1664: After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrendered to the British, who would rename it New York.

1776: Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers.

1781: The British fleet arrived off the Virginia Capes and found 26 French warships in three straggling lines. Rear Adm. Thomas Graves waited for the French to form their battle lines and then fought for 5 days.

1813: USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, ME.

1863: United States Foreign Minister to Great Britain, Charles Francis Adams, sends an angry letter to the British government warning that war between the two nations may erupt if it allows two powerful ironclad ships, designed to help the Confederates break the Union naval blockade, to set sail.

1877: Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse is fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.

1905: The Russo-Japanese War comes to an end as representatives of the two nations sign the Treaty of Portsmouth in New Hampshire.

1918: USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France.

1939: The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the Navy and Coast Guard to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300 miles of the eastern United States.

1942: British and US bombed Le Havre & Bremen.