Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1827 Construction began on the first lighthouse on Sand Key. It was completed in 70 days.

1854 During the year 1853, 28 ships wrecked on the Florida reef and another 29 ships arrived in distress. The total salvage awarded by the courts and by arbitration was $174,350. The expenses on the vessels, cargoes and repairs totaled $185,750.

1929 Dr. W.J. Mayo was impressed with his visit to Key West.

1946 The Navy announced that a submarine squadron consisting of one tender and 10 submarines would be based in Key West. The ships had a total of 1,200 personnel.

1953 Key West was hit by a severe storm with winds of 55 mph downtown and 3.38 inches of rain.

1955 Bill Mauldin, who won fame in World War II with his cartoon, titled "Up Front With Mauldin," was a weekend guest at the Casa Marina Hotel.

1956 President Eisenhower left Key West after a 12-day stay to recover his health.

1957 Movie star Leslie Carron was a house guest of playwright Tennessee Williams.

1966 Bishop Coleman F. Carroll dedicated St. Peter's Mission on Big Pine Key.

1970Alfred L. Rahming, a city employee, was given the Air Force Exceptional Service Award for Heroism for saving Teresa Tucker from drowning.

1973Kermit H. Lewin was named by the County Commission to head the new Planning Department.

1976Jimmy Buffett held a concert at Mallory Square.

1999 Upper Keys attorney J. Allison DeFoor II was named Gov. Jeb Bush's adviser on environmental issues.