On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress formally established what would become the United States Navy. The most famous American Captain from this era was John Paul Jones.

In 1779, he engaged the British 44 gun Royal Navy frigate, Serapis. With his ship burning and sinking, Jones refused to surrender and he uttered the now famous words, “I have not yet begun to fight.”

And it turns out he was right! Three hours after making this declaration, the British ship surrendered to him and Jones took command.

The United States Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with over 340,000 personnel on active duty. On our Navy’s Birthday, we celebrate the men and women who carry on the fighting spirit of Captain Jones.

Today we also celebrate: National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day, National Yorkshire Pudding Day, National Train Your Brain Day, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, National Stop Bullying Day, National No Bra Day, National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, National Fossil Day, National Emergency Nurses Day, and National Curves Day.

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