July 5, 1801
David Glasglow Farragut was born on July 5, 1801, to the son of Spanish immigrant and Revolutionary War soldier Jorge Farragut. He began his service to his country in the War of 1812, and later hunted for the pirates of the Caribbean (the real sailing criminals, not Disney and Johnny Depp). Farragut was the hero of two of the most important Union naval victories in the Civil War and was appointed as the US Navy’s first admiral in 1866. He also served in the Mexican American War. He is perhaps best remembered for his courageous tweet during the Battle of Mobile, when fighting in a dangerously mined harbor, “#DamntheTorpedoesFull SpeedAhead.