This Day in History
September 6, 1997
The US Navy Commissions the USS Hopper
The USS Grace Murray Hopper was commissioned by the US Navy in San Francisco. Hopper, a rear admiral in the US Navy, enjoyed successful careers in academia, business, and the military while making history in the computer field. She helped program the Harvard Mark I and II and developed the first compiler, A-0. Her subsequent work on programming languages influenced the COBOL programming language.