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This Day in History

Today: April 16, 2014
U.S.S. Hopper

September 6, 1997

The U.S. Navy commissions the U.S.S. Hopper

The USS Grace Murray Hopper was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in San Francisco. Hopper, a rear admiral in the U.S. 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.