Secretary of the Navy A. P. Upshur's report on the condition of the Navy addresses the deplorable state of education of naval officers. Little or no attention has hitherto been paid to the proper education of naval officers. For many years the young midshipmen were left to educate themselves and one another. Their schools were held in receiving ships and cruising vessels, in the midst of a thousand interruptions and impediments, which render the whole system of little or no value.
Midshipman Philip Spencer and two bluejackets are hanged at the yardarm of the small brig Somers for what is perceived by the captain, Commander Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, to be a mutiny. The incident becomes a catalyst for founding the Naval Academy.
George Bancroft of Massachusetts, outstanding historian, educator, and energetic administrator, becomes Secretary of the Navy, appointed by President Polk.
Secretary Bancroft requests four professors at the successful Philadelphia Asylum school to make a report of the instruction and procedures there for the planning of a new school.
Naval Board of Examiners submits recommendations for a naval school at Annapolis.
Fort Severn, Annapolis, Maryland, a nine acre tract of land called Windmill Point, is transferred from the War Department to the Navy Department. Commander Franklin Buchanan is placed in command.
At 11:00 a.m., the superintendent, Commander Franklin Buchanan, assembles the 7 professors (3 civilians, 4 officers) and some 50 midshipmen in one of the classrooms and declares the school open. Buchanan will later command the Confederate forces at Mobile Bay.
The original Naval School course covers five years, with the first and last being spent at the school and the three intervening years being spent at sea.
First midshipmen's ball is held.
Midshipmen Spirit Club presents the school's first theatrical production, "Lady of Lyons."
War with Mexico declared. An orderly system of advancing the date of commissioning is established. Before the end of the war, 90 officers will be furnished to the Navy. The school's successful adjustment to war needs may well have been the proof of its value to the Navy that was needed to justify its existence and silence the skeptics. Various war trophies will be located at the Naval Academy. Guns on the Academy grounds bear such colorful names as "Biter", "Grumbler", and "Last Argument of the King."
Congress recognizes the existence of the school by voting $28,200 "for repairs, improvements and instruction at Fort Severn."
Second naval ball is held in the newly completed mess hall, library/lyceum.
Commander George P. Upshur becomes superintendent.
First acquisition of adjacent land--six acres, purchased for $14,105 added to school.
Midshipmen erect their first monument to Midshipmen Henson, Clemson, Pillsbury, and Shubrick who were lost in the Mexican War.
Instigated by Professor Henry Lockwood, a West Pointer, the Academic Board adopts military drill at the Naval School. Angry midshipmen are aroused to new heights for they know the old maxim of the day: "A messmate before a shipmate, a shipmate before a stranger, a stranger before a dog, but a dog before a 'sojer' (soldier). "
Professor Lockwood is hanged in effigy from the school's flagstaff for inventing "Midshipmen P-rades."
A process of reorganization, designed chiefly to avoid interruption of and fragmentation in the education of midshipmen, is undertaken:
- School is placed under the Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography.
- Post of Commandant of Midshipmen is created. Incumbent serves as executive officer and instructor in tactics and seamanship.
- Uniform is designed for acting midshipmen.
- USS Preble is assigned to the academy as a ship for annual summer cruises making an uninterrupted four-year course possible.
Commander Cornelius K. Stribling becomes superintendent.
School is renamed the United States Naval Academy.
A consecutive four-year course of study is adapted.
Department of Drawing is established
The Preble makes a foreign summer cruise.
First foreign navy visit to the Naval Academy -- Royal Dutch Navy frigate Prince of Orange.
Appointments to the Naval Academy come under the control of Congress.
Construction of gas works completed. Naval Academy becomes one of the earliest institutions in U.S. to have central heat and light.
Department of Astronomy, Navigation and Surveying is established.
First Naval Academy Band arrives.
Commander Louis M. Goldsborough becomes superintendent.
First graduation exercise is conducted in the new chapel at noon as members of the class of 1854 (6 graduates) complete a full formal course of instruction at the Naval Academy.
New hospital is built for $13,000.
Captain George S. Blake becomes superintendent.
First approved midshipmen's association, the Lawrence Literary Society, is organized.
The Japanese bell is presented by Mrs. Matthew C. Perry. It had been given to Perry by the regent of the Loo Choo (Ryukyu) Islands during his expedition to Japan.
Rev. William Whiting, a clergyman of the Church of England, composed the "Navy Hymn" (Eternal Father, strong to save) after passing safely through a violent gale on the Mediterranean Sea. Music was written by John Bacchus Dykes of England.
First foreign national to attend the Naval Academy, the Frenchman Pierre d'Orleans, Duc de Penthievre.
Stars above anchors on collars first designate midshipmen for academic achievement.
Herndon Monument is erected. It commemorates Commander William Lewis Herndon, who went down with the mail steamer Central America in a storm off South Carolina in 1857. After making every possible effort to save the ship, Herndon left the quarterdeck long enough to don his full dress uniform, in which he returned to his post to meet a seaman's death.
Tripoli Monument is moved to the Naval Academy from Washington.
Midshipmen Choir is established.
Civil War Begins.
Troops of the U. S. Army under General Benjamin F. Butler land at the Naval Academy.
Frigate USS Constitution carries Academy Midshipmen to Newport, R. I.
Classes reconvene in Newport.
USS Santee arrives at Newport, Rhode Island, following refit at the Boston Navy Yard, to serve as a school ship for the Naval Academy. She will continue to serve the Academy until 1912.
Schooner-yacht America is assigned to the Naval Academy.
By Civil War's end 400 graduates served in the Union Navy, 95 in the Confederate Navy; 23 graduates were killed in battle or died of wounds.
The Naval Academy returns to Annapolis after 4 years in Newport.
U. S. Marine Detachment is assigned to the Naval Academy.
The Department of Steam Enginery is established under Chief Engineer W. W. Wood.
Rear Admiral David D. Porter becomes superintendent and commences the huge job of restoring the Naval Academy. Among many innovations, he will begin the incorporation of athletics and social functions into their proper place at the Academy. A newspaper wag of the day terms the Academy "Porter's Dancing Academy."
Graduation exercises in chapel are followed by baseball match between 1st and 2nd classes.
Original Maryland Governor's Mansion is purchased for $25,000 and converted into library and offices.
June Week festivities and ceremonies organized.
Boat clubs for 1st and 2nd classes introduce crew races.
Strawberry Hill, 67 acres across College Creek, is purchased.
Figurehead of USS Delaware, later to be known as "Tecumseh," arrives from Norfolk.
New red brick, Victorian Gothic, chapel is completed.
Second chapel is dedicated by Chaplain George W. Smith.
An additional 46 acres across College Creek are purchased.
Naval Academy class rings are adopted as a new tradition.
Navy crew meets Quaker City Boat Club in first outside sports competition.
New Quarters dormitory is completed.
Natural Philosophy (Science) building is completed.
The midshipmen battalion, commanded by a cadet lieutenant commander, is organized into four companies, each commanded by a cadet lieutenant.
Commodore John L. Worden becomes superintendent.
Midshipmen color competition, the Color Parade, and the "Color Girl" ceremony are initiated.
First black midshipman, James Conyers, reports. He will resign November 1873.
U. S. Naval Institute is founded in the Lyceum for "the advancement of professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in the Navy."
First course in mechanical engineering offered in the United States is established.
Rear Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers becomes superintendent.
Albert A. Michelson (USNA 1873) first accurately measures the speed of light with $10 worth of apparatus along the seawall.
Commodore Foxhall A. Parker becomes superintendent. His brother, William H. Parker, had been superintendent of the Confederate Naval Academy during the Civil War.
The Naval Academy is awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exposition for the best system of education in the United States.
Rear Admiral George B. Balch becomes superintendent. The previous superintendent, Commodore Foxhall A. Parker, had died during June Week.
The first Naval Academy football game results in Naval Academy~ 0, Baltimore Athletic Club~ 0.
First natatorium is built, one story brick, 34 by 62 feet, with slate roof.
Midshipmen march in President James A. Garfield's inaugural parade.
President James A. Garfield attends graduation and becomes the first president to give commencement address.
Rear Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers becomes superintendent for second time.
Captain Francis M. Ramsay becomes superintendent. He is the first superintendent who is an alumnus (class of 1856) of the Naval Academy.
Graduates are authorized to enter the U. S. Marine Corps. Legislation is passed that designates the student officers as "naval cadets."
Congress limits the number of Academy graduates who can be taken into the Navy.
The distinction between cadet engineers and naval cadets is abolished in both name and training. Up to this year, some 135 cadet engineers have been furnished to the fleet.
The U. S. Naval Academy Graduates Association is founded--will be renamed the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in 1931.
Commander William T. Sampson becomes superintendent.
Studies of electricity and metallurgy are begun.
By act of Congress the age limit for midshipmen is raised from 14 to 15 years minimum and 18 to 20 years maximum.
The Navy "N" varsity athletic letter is introduced.
Captain Robert L. Phythian becomes superintendent.
The Naval Academy football team first plays and defeats the United States Military Academy 24-0.
The Naval Academy Athletic Association is founded by Commander Colby M. Chester.
The colors of the Naval Academy are designated blue and gold. This ends the tradition of each class selecting its own colors.
Bill the Goat makes his debut as Navy's mascot.
Midshipman Joseph M. Reeves (USNA 1894) invents the first football helmet.
The yearbook, Lucky Bag, is first published.
Captain Philip H. Cooper becomes superintendent.
The Board of Visitors, of which Robert Means Thompson is a member, condemns the Academy's inadequate facilities and recommends new buildings to replace those erected during the administration of Admiral Porter. Mr. Ernest Flagg, an eminent New York architect, develops an architectural and topographical master plan for a new academy. He and Robert Thompson prepare a comprehensive plan for rebuilding the entire Naval Academy.
Thompson Trophy for best all-round athlete is established.
The Board of Survey endorsed the Flagg grand Beaux Arts style plan to rebuild the Naval Academy.
The Spanish-American War begins. At the outset of the war, 2,307 midshipmen had graduated from the Naval Academy. Dewey, Sampson, and Schley are among graduates who win new combat luster for the school.
Rear Admiral Frederick V. McNair becomes superintendent.
Following the American naval victory at Santiago, Admiral Cervera and other officers of the Spanish Navy are quartered in Academy buildings as "prisoners of war," though they are soon paroled and spend the summer enjoying the hospitality of Academy personnel and Annapolis society more as guests than prisoners.
A Protocol of Peace is negotiated and hostilities generally cease. Representatives of Spain and the United States sign a formal peace treaty in Paris on December 10, 1898.
Park Benjamin, class of 1867, designs the Naval Academy Seal. This is approved and adopted by the Navy Department. The seal is a hand grasping a trident, below which is a shield bearing an ancient galley coming into action. Below that is an open book, indicative of education. The motto is Ex Scientia Tridens: From Knowledge, Sea Power.
The Army-Navy football game is held for the first time in Philadelphia (Franklin Field). The score was Army 17 - Navy 5.
Construction begins on Dahlgren Hall, first building of the "New Naval Academy."
The submarine USS Holland arrives at the Naval Academy for training and testing. It is the first "modern" submarine.
Commander Richard Wainwright becomes superintendent.
The training ship USS Chesapeake (renamed USS Severn in 1905) is assigned to the Naval Academy for midshipmen training for seven years.
The designation of student officers reverts from "naval cadet" to "midshipman" at the Academy.
119 midshipmen become sick, 6 seriously ill, resulting in a board of investigation. The conclusion is milk poisoning.
Captain Willard H. Brownson becomes superintendent.
New Marine Barracks is built which will later be named Halligan Hall.
The Brigade expands from four to eight companies.
Dahlgren and Macdonough Halls are completed.
The coast squadron of the North Atlantic Fleet, comprising two battleships, four monitors, and seven destroyers, embarks some of the midshipmen. This sets a pattern for the standard midshipmen's cruises in ships of the fleet, which actually will begin in 1912.
Cornerstone of present chapel laid by Admiral of the Navy George Dewey. The chapel was designed in the shape of a Greek cross to seat 1,600 worshippers.
Chaplain H. H. Clark writes the first Reef Points, the "Plebe's bible." It is published by the local YMCA.
Rear Admiral James H. Sands becomes superintendent.
John Paul Jones's body is brought to the Academy by the American Squadron under command of Rear Admiral Charles D. Sigsbee, accompanied by the French cruiser Julien de la Graviere.
Body of John Paul Jones moved to Dahlgren Hall for grand commemoration ceremony. President Theodore Roosevelt delivers principal address.
The Naval Academy song "Anchors Aweigh" is sung for the first time at the Army-Navy football game. Written by Lieutenant Charles A. Zimmerman, bandmaster of the Academy and choir director, the song is dedicated to the class of 1907. Zimmerman composed a piece of music each year for the graduating class.
First and second wings of Bancroft Hall are completed.
Mahan Hall Library and the academic group of buildings are completed. English, History, and Government move into Maury Hall; Science moves into Sampson Hall.
Masqueraders theatrical group is established.
Dr. Albert A. Michelson (USNA 1873) becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize in physics.
Carl T. Osburn (USNA 1907) will be the winner of 5 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze Olympic medals in rifle (1912,1920, and 1924).
Captain Charles J. Badger (USNA 1873) becomes superintendent.
First service held in new chapel.
A two-year School of Marine Engineering is established at the Naval Academy for post- graduate study. Shorter courses for ordnance specialists and naval constructors will start in November 1912 and February 1913, respectively. Programs consolidated in 1913 into U. S. Naval Postgraduate School at Annapolis.
Bronze doors of chapel are unveiled. Designed by Miss Evelyn B. Longman; presented in memory of class of 1868.
Captain John M. Bowyer becomes superintendent.
Old Fort Severn is demolished.
The Naval Academy football team is undefeated and unscored on. Thomas Starr King II, team captain, misses part of season with typhoid fever. He will be one of 29 midshipmen with this disease. The need for a safe milk supply will be the reason for establishing the Naval Academy Dairy.
First naval aerodrome established at Greenbury Point and experimental flights tried at USNA. In 1913 it is moved to Pensacola, Florida.
Captain John H. Gibbons becomes superintendent.
LT John Rodgers makes the first flight from USNA.
John Paul Jones is laid to rest in crypt of the chapel
The U. S. Naval Postgraduate School is established at Annapolis, Maryland. The Marine Barracks building in which the school is located will be named Halligan Hall in honor of the school's first director, Commander John Halligan, Jr.
Congress approves commissioning graduates on graduation day and ends previously required two year sea service as passed midshipmen.
Graduation hat toss tradition begins.
Former Spanish cruiser USS Reina Mercedes arrives as station ship to replace USS Santee.
Captain William F. Fullam becomes superintendent.
Captain Edward W. Eberle becomes superintendent.
The Academy undertakes the indoctrination of 2,569 men for commissioning in the U. S. Naval Reserve Force.
Two new wings, 3 & 4, are added to Bancroft Hall.
The class of 1917 graduates, two months early. A similar pattern of early graduation will be established in World War II, with the class of 1941 graduating in February vice June.
U.S. enters WWI. By order of thc superintendent the following message is published and posted at evening roll call: "Sixteen ALNAV -- The President has signed Act of Congress which declares that a state of war exists between the United States and Germany."
Captain Archibald H. Scales becomes superintendent.
Luce Hall, new Navigation Department building, is completed.
Navy crew wins gold medal at Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium.
Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson becomes superintendent.
New bandstand, later named for Bandmaster Charles Zimmerman, is built across from the chapel.
The Department of Physical Training is established.
Naval Academy plays University of Washington in the Rose Bowl to a 14-14 tie.
The new natatorium is dedicated. It is said to be the largest indoor tile pool in the United States. The bronze figure of Cupid on the south wall once adorned the swimming pool on the Hamburg-American liner Vaterland. After U. S. entry into the First World War, the vessel was seized and became the USS Leviathan.
Second-class ring dance becomes a tradition.
Midshipmen Drum and Bugle Corps founded.
Navy gymnastics team is named National Champion for the sixth consecutive year.
Rear Admiral Louis M. Nulton becomes superintendent.
"Navy Blue and Gold," composed by organist and choirmaster J. W. Crosley, is first sung in public. It will become a tradition to sing this alma mater song at the end of every football game, and on Graduation Day.
Navy wins National Collegiate Football Championship title.
Rear Admiral Samuel S. Robison becomes superintendent.
The Secretary of the Navy gives his approval for graduates to compete for Rhodes scholarships. Six graduates are selected by the Rhodes Scholarship Committee.
Hubbard Hall boathouse is dedicated. It is named for Rear Admiral John Hubbard (USNA 1870), first Navy crew stroke.
The Naval Academy curriculum is accredited by the Association of American Universities.
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Hart becomes superintendent.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs into law an act of Congress providing for the Bachelor of Science degree for Naval, Military, and Coast Guard academies.
Rear Admiral David F. Sellers becomes superintendent.
An act of Congress extends to the superintendent authority to award the Bachelor of Science degree to all living graduates.
The Reverend Charles B. Carpenter presents Admiral David Glasgow Farragut's Prayer Book (used on board his flagship Hartford during the Civil War). It is encased in the chapel.
Rear Admiral Wilson Brown becomes superintendent.
Chaplain William N. Thomas introduces the "Prayer of a Midshipman," which he has written at the graduation service for the class of 1938.
Naval Academy Museum building, later named Preble Hall, is dedicated.
The Dispensary building is completed. This will later be used for Foreign Languages and will be named Leahy Hall. Still later it will house the Candidate Guidance Office.
Reserve officer training is re-established for WW II. A total of 3,319 are commissioned.
Wings 5 & 6 are added to Bancroft Hall.
Rear Admiral Russell Willson becomes superintendent.
The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. The Rev. Peter Marshall, chaplain of the U. S. Senate, is the guest preacher in the Naval Academy Chapel.
Rear Admiral John R. Beardall becomes superintendent.
A Department of Aviation is established at the Naval Academy.
Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch becomes superintendent.
Naval Academy celebrates V-J Day in Tecumseh Court and beats the Japanese bell until it cracks.
The Naval Academy celebrates its Centennial. Three special platoons of midshipmen parade in uniforms of 1845,1870, and 1900. During the century of its existence, the nation has taken part in five wars: Mexican, Civil War, Spanish- American, First World War, and Second World War. About 18,563 midshipmen have graduated to date, including the class of 1946.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools grants accreditation.
Rear Admiral James L. Holloway, Jr., becomes superintendent.
Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American graduate.
Vice Admiral Harry W. Hill becomes superintendent.
First open house held for parents of plebes -- origin of Plebe-Parents Weekend.
The Postgraduate School moves from Annapolis to Monterey, California.
Navy 8-oared crew win gold medal at Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, and are National Intercollegiate Champions.
Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy becomes superintendent.
Tradition of mandatory Sunday afternoon "tea fights" resumes.
Rear Admiral Walter F. Boone becomes superintendent.
Tradition of greasing Herndon Monument for plebe climb to exchange plebe hat for midshipman's is started. This signals the start of graduation events.
Rear Admiral William R. Smedberg, III becomes superintendent.
Academy's first field house, later named for Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, is completed.
Rear Admiral Charles L. Melson becomes superintendent.
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is dedicated. There are dedicatory letters from President Eisenhower, Vice-President Nixon, Secretary of Defense McElroy, Secretary of the Navy Franke, Chief of Naval Operations Arleigh Burke, Commandant of the Marine Corps R. McC. Pate, and Naval Academy Superintendent C. L. Melson. Neil McElroy's letter is headed "Non Sibi Sed Patriae," words that are inscribed over the doors of the chapel. He cites "the spirit of Annapolis where service is 'Not for self, but for country.'"
Rear Admiral John F. Davidson becomes superintendent.
Joseph Bellino (USNA 1961), is awarded the Heisman Trophy.
Wings 7 & 8 are added to Bancroft Hall.
Mitscher Hall is completed. This is used initially as the Brigade Library and Assembly Building. It will later become the Chaplain's Center.
The Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference is begun.
Rear Admiral C. C. Kirkpatrick becomes superintendent.
A. Bernard Drought becomes Academic Dean Protem, the first civilian to hold this position. He will be designated Academic Dean on 1 July 1964.
The U. S. Naval Academy is officially designated a National Historic Site by the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Historic Sites Act of August 21,1935. Notification was made to the Secretary of the Navy by the Secretary of the Interior's letter dated August 21, 1961.
Roger Staubach (USNA 1965) is awarded the Heisman Trophy. He is the only winner of the Thompson Trophy three years running.
The number of companies in the brigade is increased to 36.
Rear Admiral C. S. Minter, Jr., becomes superintendent.
Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman becomes superintendent.
Ricketts Hall is completed to house enlisted personnel and is dedicated by Senator Daniel Brewster of Maryland. It will later become offices for the Naval Academy Athletic Association.
Professor Samuel Massie becomes the first African-American faculty member.
Rear Admiral Lawrence Heyworth, Jr. becomes superintendent.
Rear Admiral James F. Calvert becomes superintendent.
Majors program begins with new academic year
Dedication ceremony is held for Michelson Hall.
June Week Dedication Parade tradition begins to honor retiring faculty and staff.
First designated engineering degrees are granted to qualified graduates of the class of 1969.
Dedication ceremony for Chauvenet Hall is held.
Lieutenant Commander Georgia Clark becomes first woman officer instructor.
Dr. Rae Jean Goodman becomes first civilian woman faculty member.
Vice Admiral William P. Mack becomes superintendent.
Compulsory chapel attendance is ended by decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Major library facility complex is completed and named for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (USNA 1905).
Engineering Studies Complex is completed and named for Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (USNA 1922).
Rear Admiral Kinnaird R. McKee becomes superintendent.
Congress authorizes women to attend service academies.
The class of 1980, including 81 women midshipmen, is inducted.
Hydromechanics Laboratory at the Naval Academy is dedicated.
President Jimmy Carter (USNA 1947) is the graduation speaker.
Rear Admiral William P. Lawrence becomes superintendent.
"June Week" renamed "Commissioning Week" because graduation is now in May.
Elizabeth Anne Rowe becomes first woman graduate.
Lejeune Hall with new Olympic-size pool opens.
The mess hall is dedicated as King Hall wardroom, named for Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Chief of Naval Operations during World War II.
Vice Admiral Edward C. Waller becomes superintendent.
Macdonough Hall and Scott Natatorium are renovated. Isherwood, Griffin, and Melville Halls are razed.
Rear Admiral Charles R. Larson becomes superintendent.
Kristine Holderied (USNA 1984) becomes the first woman to graduate first in the class.
The Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) forwards its final report and grants accreditation for the Computer Science program.
Rear Admiral Ronald F. Marryott becomes superintendent.
Rear Admiral Virgil L. Hill, Jr., becomes superintendent.
Alumni Hall is dedicated.
Midshipman Juliane Gallina (USNA 1992) becomes first woman brigade commander.
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch becomes superintendent.
The first genderless service assignment is held. All billets are open equally to men and women with the exception of special warfare and submarine duty.
Admiral Charles R. Larson becomes superintendent. He previously served as superintendent from 1983 to 1986.
The kickoff 150th anniversary celebration is held in Alumni Hall. "An Evening Under the Stars" features a Naval Academy Band/Glee Club concert, the premiere showing of a documentary film, U. S. Naval Academy; 150 Years in Annapolis, and introduction of academy astronauts.
Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lawrence (USNA 1981), mission specialist in the space shuttle Endeavor, is first USNA woman graduate to make space flight.
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center dedication ceremony.
150th anniversary celebration of the USNA.
Postage stamp commemorating Naval Academy's founding issued in Annapolis.
Rear Admiral John Ryan becomes superintendent.
Hoping to save 25 cents a gallon by buying milk commercially, the Naval Academy closes it dairy farm.
Freedom 7, America's first space capsule is placed on display at the visitor center as the centerpiece of the "Grads in Space" exhibit. The late Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepherd, class of 1945, flew Freedom 7 116.5 miles into space on May 5, 1961. His historic flight marked America's first step in the "space race".
The Academy loses 14 alumni in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Academy is placed under unprecedented high security.
Dedication of the new 16,300 square-foot Glenn Warner Soccer Facility that will house the Navy Men's and Women's soccer teams.
Vice Admiral Richard J. Naughton is sworn in as the Naval Academy's 57th superintendent.
Colonel John R. Allen, NA '76, USMC, becomes the 79th Commandant of Midshipman and the first Marine to serve in the position
965 members of the Class of 2002 are graduated and commissioned. Vice President Richard B. Cheney is featured speaker.
Vice Admiral Richard J. Naughton, NA '68, becomes the Navy Academy's 57th Superintendent.
Former President Jimmy Carter, NA Class of 1947, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
(Photo Credit: The Carter Center/Knudson Photos.)
The $250M renovation of Bancroft Hall, done a wing at a time, is complete
972 members of the Class of 2003 are graduated and commissioned. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who had spoken 27 years earlier at graduation, is the speaker.
Vice Admiral Charles W. Moore, NA '68, became Acting Superintendent
Vice Admiral Rodney Rempt, NA '66, became the 59th Superintendent
Information Technology became a new academic major
Hurricane Isabel produced a severe storm surge that flooded most of the waterfront buildings leaving damages costing millions of dollars to repair and replace
Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr., NA 78, became 80th Commandant of Midshipmen
Navy football won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1981 (and retained it for the next seven years)
990 members of the Class of 2004 are graduated and commissioned. General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, becomes the first Air Force officer to speak at a Naval Academy graduation.
Navy beat New Mexico, 34-19, to win the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco
Captain Bruce E. Grooms, NA '80, became the 81st Commandant of Midshipmen and the first African-American in the position.
976 members of the Class of 2005 graduated and commissioned. President George W. Bush spoke.
Commodore Uriah P. Levy Chapel and Center dedicated
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium rededicated after $40M in renovations
Navy beat Colorado State, 51-30, to win the first ever Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, CA
980 members of the Class of 2006 graduated and commissioned. Vice President Richard B. Cheney was the featured speaker.
Arabic and Chinese became new academic majors
Captain Margaret D. Klein, NA 1981, became the 82d Commandant of Midshipman and the first woman in the position
1,028 members of the Class of 2007 graduated and commissioned. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates spoke.
Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler, NA '78, became the 60th Superintendent
Thornton D. and Elizabeth S Hooper Brigade Sports Complex dedicated adjacent to the Naval Academy Golf Course
Navy beat Notre Dame, 46-44, on the gridiron for the first time since 1963, in among the oldest continuous annual football rivalries
Annapolis Conference dealing with Middle East peace held in Memorial Hall with over forty delegates from Israel, Arab countries, United Nations, and major powers in attendance including President George W. Bush.
USNA Dairy Farm, 857 acres, leased to Anne Arundel County at $240K per-year for 30 years
Wesley Brown Field House dedicated, containing an indoor football field that can be converted to a state of the art foot racing track.
Captain Matthew L. Klunder, NA '82, became the 83rd Commandant of Midshipmen
Midshipman Victoria Moore, 20th Company, became the first woman to command the Color Company (second set) and selected her father as the color honoree, only the second male in that role since the custom began in 1871
1,037 members of the Class of 2008 graduated and commissioned. Admiral Michael Mullen, NA '68, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke.
1,036 members of the Class of 2009 graduated and commissioned. President Barack Obama spoke.
U.S. Naval Academy Museum rededicated after a complete renovation.
David Robinson, Class of 1987, became the first service academy basketball player alumni inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Navy 35 beats Missouri 13 to win the Texas Bowl and a 10 game winning season.
Future Cyber Warfare classes are announced and a prospective building or center is planned at $100M estimate for 2014.
National Security Personnel System NSPS to end.
Naval Academy annual leadership conference attracted students from more than 50 universities
Record snowfalls cause disruptions in academic and athletic events.
Record number of applications to USNA, 17,416, for class of 2014
Captain Robert E. Clark II, NA '84, became the 84th Commandant of Midshipmen
Eleven women selected for submarine training and prospective duty on submarines
Plebe Recognition Ceremony, Herndon Climb, NA Class of 2013, 2 minutes, 5 seconds, no grease.
New class of YPs, YP 703, began arriving
Through the Semester abroad program, Midshipmen visit China, Chile, Egypt, Qatar and elsewhere.
News of the killing of the Al-Qaeda founder and leader, Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan, by Navy Seals, caused a major yard celebration by the Midshipmen and residents.
Plebe Recognition for the Class of 2014 took 2 hours, 41 minutes, 32 seconds, because Herndon was greased again.
Class of 2011 graduated 800 men and 206 women; a total of 1,006.
Due to the grounding of the Blue Angels, Strike Fighter Squadron 143, NAS Oceana, provide the flyover at graduation.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is the featured speaker at graduation.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia struck the Naval Academy; shaking it up, ending classes for the day, and doing minor damage to a number of buildings
Four days after the earthquake Hurricane Irene struck, doing damage to trees in the yard, and causing long term power outages for miles around.
Major news magazines list U.S. Naval Academy as no. 3 for best value for a college education, no. 5 for undergraduate engineering, no. 6 for mechanical engineering, no. 7 for electrical engineering, no. 9 as most desirable school, no. 14 for liberal arts, and no. 17 for best overall college.
"Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed allowing gay people to serve openly in the armed forces.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, Class of 1973, was relieved by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Class of 1975, in a ceremony held at the Naval Academy.
Midshipmen French Club and dignitaries celebrated the 100th anniversary of the French Monument on the back campus of St. John's College. They honored allied French soldiers who died during their encampment, which included time spent here on Worden Field at the Academy, on their way to the Battle of Yorktown.
Navy wins the prestigious John F. Kennedy Cup Regatta, which involved three days of 10 off shore races.
Navy beats Army yet again, 27-21, in a game played in Landover, MD.
CBS Television aired the Emmy Award winning documentary "Game of Honor" about the Army-Navy football competition over the past 120 years.
Professor and Midshipmen did an archaeological dig on the site of Fort Madison that had been built across the Severn River in 1808, and defendded Annapolis during the War of 1812, along with the Naval Academy's original site, Fort Severn which is currently the position of 5th wing Bancroft Hall.
30th annual Navy-St. John's College croquet match is held; series record Mids 5 wins, Johnnies 25 wins.
For first time in history the Color Parade was reviewed by Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice CJCS who was the son of a past Color Company Commander, James A. Winnefeld, 13th Co., NA '51 and the 1951 Color Girl, Fredda Coupland Winnefeld.
Largest class to date in history of USNA graduated— 1,099. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, was the featured speaker at graduation in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. It is the first time in history that the number one graduate was a foreign national - from Singapore. The occasion marked the 100th anniversary of the post-graduation hat toss begun in 1912.
Brigadier General Loretta "Lori" E. Reynolds, USMC, NA 1986, became the first woman to assume command of the Marine Corps Recruit Training Base, Parris Island, SC.
A "super derecho" wind storm swept through Annapolis between 23:00 and 23:45 with top winds clocked at 91mph, doing considerable damage and causing long term power outages.
Plebe Core Course in cyber warfare begun
Michelle Howard, NA 1982, became the first woman alumnus and first African-American woman promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral, serving as Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Director, Combined Joint Operations.
Hurricane Sandy struck the mid-Atlantic doing much damage north of Annapolis and canceling classes for the day.
Two Midshipmen are named Rhode Scholars, cyber security is announced as a new major, a cyber security building planned for the fiscal year of 2018, plans for a Navy Football Hall of Fame are announced, and USNA Women are victorious in collegiate soccer with a 19-2-1 season.
Reports on sexual assaults at the service academies showed an increase. Both the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations came and spoke to the Brigade of Midshipmen on this issue when they returned from holiday leave.
Entrances to Halsey Field House were altered to better accommodate and to process visitors through security and to provide a covered walk to the Visitor's Center.
Threat of budget cuts for Department of Defense scheduled for March 1 caused a hiring freeze at the Naval Academy.
Admission's Office and Candidate Guidance office are moved to newly renovated spaces in Halsey Field House on the second deck over the Visitors Center to provide easier access by prospective students visiting the academy.
Navy Women's basketball team won its third straight Patriot's League championship.
"Seas, Lakes, and Bay: The Naval War of 1812" exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the war had its formal grand opening in Mahan Hall, an evening complete with fireworks and a full moon over the central yard.
First Lady Michelle Obama viewed the noon meal formation, had lunch in King Hall with the Midshipmen, made an anchor announcement, and visited sailors in the medical clinic in 6th wing Bancroft Hall before going to the Maryland State House to witness the signing of the Veterans Full Employment Act.
For the first time since 2005, Navy beat St. John's College, in the cross-town rivalry in croquet. Navy 4 to St. John's College 1. The competition began 31 years ago has been dominated by St. John's students for many years.
President Barrack Obama spoke to the graduating Class of 2013 during a steady rain falling on Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The federal government sequester had grounded the Blue Angels who did not perform for the third year in a row in Naval Academy graduation festivities. Any fly over for the graduation itself was impossible because of weather conditions.
The Class of 2017 reported aboard with 1,206 plebes scheduled for six arduous weeks of indoctrination during a very hot and humid summer. More than 17,600 students had applied for the class. Eighteen international students from seventeen countries, including Cambodia, a first for USNA, were among the new class.
With cuts in Department of Defense funding civilian employees of the Naval Academy were furloughed with their work schedules cut back to four days a week resulting in a twenty percent loss in their pay. Different offices used different schedules for the cut back. The Naval Academy Museum was closed on Mondays during the period.
The Federal government, including the Department of Defense, was shut down with Naval Academy civilian employees, including civilian faculty, sent home for the remainder of the week. Classes were continued by the faculty members in uniform. Most civilian employees reported back to work on Monday, October 7, but certain activities were curtailed for another two weeks. The Navy-Air Force Academy home football game was threatened with cancellation, but it was played on scheduled.
Naval Academy Midshipmen collected 37,000 pounds of food for the annual Harvest for the Hungry campaign.
Navy beat Army in football for the twelfth year in a row. The game was played in a raging snow and freezing rain storm in Philadelphia. Having also beat Air Force, Navy retained the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy.
Navy played against Middle Tennessee State University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas, and won 24 to 6.
Naval Academy announced the addition of a new major in nuclear engineering with nine members of the Class of 2016 signed on as the first to concentrate in the new major.
Three midshipmen killed in accidents, one went over the seawall in a vehicle, one football player succumb to former head injury, and one in a skateboard incident in Assateague State Park.
Former President William J. Clinton spoke at Forrestal Lecture as part of NAFAC.
Midshipmen defeated St. John’s College, 4-1, for second year in a row win in the annual croquet competition.
Renovation of Administration Building completed and staff moved back from Leahy Hall, except Academic Dean who will remain in Nimitz Library.
Ground was broken for the new $41M Naval Academy health clinic at the Naval Support Activity Annapolis at North Severn. Builder is Turner Construction Co. Clinic to replace facility currently in former USNA Hospital (1907) and be ready by March 2016.
Navy football team visited the White House Rose Garden and was presented the Commander in Chief’s Trophy by President Barrack Obama.
Michelle Howard, NA ’82, promoted to Admiral and assigned as Vice CNO. She became first USNA woman alumnus to achieve all grades of admiral.
Class of 2018 welcomed aboard.
Change of Command, Alumni Hall, with Vice Admiral Michael Miller relieved and Vice Admiral Ted Carter aboard as new Superintendent.
The funeral of Admiral Charles Larson, the 51st and 55th Superintendent, was held in the main Chapel followed by internment in the Naval Academy Cemetery.
Lowest attrition rate for plebes with only ten NA 2018 departed by the end of Plebe summer.
In a national survey, USNA came in second place for the "happiest freshmen students" after UCLA with USMA 12th and USAFA not placing in top 25.
U.S. News and World Report ranked USNA high again in the best liberal arts colleges, but another rater, the Washington Post Wonkblog, listed the USNA at the top of the list for colleges whose students earn the highest starting salary, with the median for USNA being $80K over their first five years. Princeton, the highest Ivy League school is 34th at $60K. The service academies and tech schools like MIT and Cal Tech stay high for hefty later-career earnings, too, and the Ivy Leagues start catching up ten years out.
U.S. Naval Academy Band, the oldest in the service, will be cut in personnel from 50 to 34, which will mean the demise of the Electric Brigade and Next Wave Jazz side groups.
Navy beats Army, 17 to 10, in varsity football for the 13th year in a row; Coach Ken Niumatalolo became the winningest coach in Navy history with his 56th win
$120 million approved for the new USNA cyber center
Navy played San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, and won 17 to 16.