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February 12
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1935 - USS Macon (ZRS-5) crashes into the sea off Point Sur, Calif., effectively ending the Navy's trouble-plagued rigid-airship program.
On This Day

1935

USS Macon (ZRS-5) crashes into the sea off Point Sur, Calif., after encountering a storm that tears off her upper fin, effectively ending the Navy's trouble-plagued rigid-airship program.

1945

USS Hawkbill (SS 366) sinks the small Japanese cargo vessel Kisaragi Maru and the two large boats she is towing, at Lombok Strait, N.E.I.

1947

The first launch of a guided missile, the Loon, takes place on board USS Cusk (SS 348).

1950

U.S. Sixth Fleet is established. The area of responsibility encompasses 105 countries with a combined population of more than 1 billion people, and more than 20 million square nautical miles of ocean encompassing more than 67 percent of the Earth’s coastline.