Wednesday, January 2, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1857William R. Hackley reported in his diary, "The calm weather has lasted so long that the fresh water from the Everglades has drifted down to the Keys. The fishermen say that in the Northwest Channel the water was fresh enough to drink and that they did drink full drafts of it. The fish continue to die in great numbers and of all kind."

1951 Gerald Saunders was elected chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners.

1954 Lawrence P. Artman, owner and publisher of The Key West Citizen, died at Monroe General Hospital five weeks after suffering a stroke at his desk. He had owned the paper since 1912.

1958 A winter storm battered Key West, sinking boats and causing damage across the city. The weather bureau reported steady winds of 40 mph with gusts to 62. A total of 1.86 inches of rain fell.

1959 Advance spearheads of Fidel Castro's revolutionary forces entered Havana. The auto-passenger ferry City of Havana left Key West on a special round trip to Havana to evacuate American citizens who wished to return to this country.

1969 Army Gen. Earl G. Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived for a week's vacation.