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This Day in History

On October 10, 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 students and seven professors. It was known as the Naval School until 1850 when it became the U.S. Naval Academy. At that point, the Academy began to require four years of academic study in combination with at-sea training on a U.S. Navy ship each summer.

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