Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

H. L. Hunley becomes first submarine to engage, sink a warship 150 years ago this hour (Feb 17 1864)

Video: ‘National Geographic: Secret Weapon Of The Confederacy’

(Wednesday, February 17, 1864, 8:45 p.m.; during the American Civil War) — The H. L. Hunley, a submarine of the Confederate States of America, became the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic, at Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina. Five Union sailors were lost. Soon after, Hunley sank, killing all eight of her third crew.

The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins 70 years ago today (Feb 17 1944)

Video: 'WW2: U.S. Marines Take Eniwetok (1944)'

(Thursday, February 17, 1944; Part of World War IIPacific War) — Following the American success in the Battle of Kwajalein to the southeast, the Battle of Eniwetok began today on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Capture of Eniwetok would provide an airfield and harbor to support Allied attacks on the Mariana Islands to the northwest.