January 2017  
New Navy League Logo

Retro Navy League Logo

  • Navy League President Steve Bristow & CAPT Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper USN, retired - Navy Diver and 2x Space Shuttle Astronaut
  • Newly Elected President - Steve Bristow & Outgoing President - Butch Bailey
  • 2016 Navy League Award Recipients
  • NAS Whidbey - 2016 CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award Winner
  • 2015 4th of July - Banner & Flag Wavers
  • 2015 4th of July - Jo Balda
  • 2015 4th of July - Sailor of the Year
  • 2015 4th of July - Marine of the Year
  • Thank You, VETERANS!
  • Veterans Day Speaker: Admiral McDaniel
  • Military Appreciation Picnic
  • Deception Pass Bridge - WELCOME TO WHIDBEY ISLAND
  • Welcome to Oak Harbor
  • Race Week
  • Deception Pass Bridge at Sunset

to NAS Whidbey
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Not only is Naval Air Station Whidbey Island the best Navy base in the world
— it’s one of the top U.S. military bases too.

Friday 20 January 2017
On thess date in . . .  
1887 US Senate approves the naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
1892 1st basketball game played (Massachusetts)
1910 Ottawa Senators sweep Edmonton in 2 for the Stanley Cup (2nd of 1910)
1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes school laws
1921 Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
1921 Turkey declared in remnants of the Ottoman Empire
1921 British submarine K5 leaves with man & mouse
1921 Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
1922 Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris
1925 USSR & Japan sign treaty of Peking, Seychelles back to USSR
1926 2nd German government of Luther begins
1929 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
1930 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
1934 Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria
1936 Edward VIII succeeds British king George V
1937 -45ºF (-43ºC), Boca CA (state record)
1937 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years thereafter)

 Honoring WWII Veterans at
Pearl Harbor Day Event
News coverage by KIRO T.V. link:

Congressman Larson Receives Award

Dates in American Military History:  20 January
from the website: thisdayinusmilhist.wordpress.com/about/

1887 – The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1899The Philippine Commission is appointed by President McKinley. It is headed by Jacob G. Schurman who will suggest US rule of the islands until the Philippinos are ready for self-government. The move will prevent annexation by Germany which has moved its navy nearby. It will also make the US a major power in the Pacific, brining it into conflict with Japan.
1903Theordore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department. The Midway Islands consist of a circular atoll, 6 miles in diameter, enclosing two islands. Lying about 1,150 miles west-northwest of Hawaii, the islands were first explored by Captain N. C. Brooks on July 5, 1859, in the name of the United States. The atoll was formally declared a U.S. possession in 1867, and in 1903 Theodore Roosevelt made it a naval reservation. The island was renamed “Midway” by the U.S. Navy in recognition of its geographic location on the route between California and Japan. Air traffic across the Pacific increased the island’s importance in the mid-1930s; the San Francisco–Manila mail route included a regular stop on Midway. Its military importance was soon recognized, and the navy began building an air and submarine base there in 1940.
1905The United States and the Dominican Republic sign a protocol giving the United States control of the Dominican Republic’s international debts. The US fears that European creditors will use the debt as justification for occupation of the Caribbean republic. As much as 90% of receipts have been stolen by corrupt public officials, leading to the crisis.
1914 – School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, FL.
1944Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino. At 20:00 36th US Division attempts to cross the Rapido river with two Infantry Regiments after an artillery barrage program. However, because of heavy German retaliatory fire only about 2 companies get across the river on the 141st Regiment’s front. On the other (143rd) Regiment’s front no troops get across at all.
1945 – The Allies signed a truce with the Hungarians.
1946 – By Executive Order, President Truman creates the Central Intelligence Group, the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency.
1949 – Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
1951 – After weeks of almost unbroken absence, MiGs appeared again over Korea, resulting on this date in the first encounter between USAF F-84s and CCF MiG-15s.
1952 – The 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard, arrived in Korea.
1954 – The CIA built a tunnel from west Berlin to East Berlin to tap Soviet and East German communications.
2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th and first African-American President of the United States.
2011The largest rocket ever launched from the U.S. West Coast blasted off on Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying a top secret satellite into orbit. The Delta IV Heavy rocket stood 23 stories tall, and its engines produced 2 million pounds of thrust, according to the 30th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force. Blasting off at 1:10 p.m. Pacific time from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg in California, the rocket carried a payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
2011 – United States Congress blocks President of the United States Barack Obama’s attempts to close the prison for detainees of the War on Terror at Guantamo Bay, Cuba.
2013 – The second inauguration of Barack Obama as the President of the United States takes place in the Blue Room of the White House.

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Oak Harbor Navy League
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Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Phone 360.720.8398
Mobile 360-929-3928
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No meetings in July and August

7 Feb 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting

7 Mar 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting

4 Apr 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting


Apr - Holland Happening Parade
Jul - 4th of July Parade
Sep - Military Appriciation Picnic
Nov - Veteran's Day Program


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