On September 28, 1850, the U.S. Navy outlawed flogging. Don’t you hate when you miss an important date?

The US Naval Academy museum explains however, that although the flogging of enlisted sailors ended in 1850, the “cat” was used at the Academy until much later. Naval cadets (Midshipmen) had the option of taking a few lashes instead of receiving a demerit, thus keeping their official records spotless.”

Tough way to avoid points off for a missed assignment.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning