The pilgrims get their first taste of popcorn, George Washington is born, Elvis hits the charts for the first time, and Team USA pulls off a "Miracle on Ice," all on this day.
1909: The 16 battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by the USS Connecticut, return to Hampton Roads, Virginia, 26 months after departing on a voyage around the world. The voyage was ordered by President Theodore Roosevelt to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability. The battleships from America's Atlantic Fleet got their name because their hulls were painted white, the Navy's peacetime color scheme, and decorated with gilded scrollwork with a red, white and blue banner on their bows.
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