1814: The wooden floating battery Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, is launched at New York City.
1942: Japanese troops begin to withdraw from Guadalcanal.
1998: 36 years after becoming the first American in space, John Glenn (Col, USMC, ret.) blasts off aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest man in space at 77 years old.
Medal of Honor: On this day in 1944, three Japanese-American soldiers with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team earn the Medal of Honor near Biffontaine, France: T/5 James K. Okubo, Pvt. Barney F. Hajiro, and Pvt. George T. Sakato.