Thursday, August 05, 2004

This day, August 5, in military history

On this day, 5 August 1864, the Union forces under Admiral David Farragut, defeated the Confederate forces at the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was during this battle, that Admiral Farragut uttered the immoral words that all sailors hold so dear (next to "Liberty Call, Liberty Call"), "Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!"

Also on this date in 1963, the US, Soviet Union and Great Britain signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which has proved to be anything but.


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