On This Day in History: April 7

First American Capture of British Naval Vessel

On this day in 1776, Navy Captain John Barry, commander of the American warship Lexington, makes the first American naval capture of a British vessel when he takes command of the British warship HMS Edward off the coast of Virginia. The capture of the Edward and its cargo turned Captain Barry into a national hero and boosted the morale of the Continental forces.

Also on April 7 in History:

  • 1860: W.K. Kellogg, cereal magnate and health guru was born.
  • 1933: President Franklin Roosevelt signs legislation ending prohibition in the United States.
  • 1970: John Wayne wins the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the movie True Grit.
  • 1980: The United States breaks relations with Iran.

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