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Saturday, January 19, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1822 In Havana, John W. Simonton of Mobile purchased the rights, title and interest in the island of Key West from Juan Pablo Salas for the sum of $2,000. Mr. Salas had acquired the island in a land grant from the Spanish governor of Florida in 1815.

1872 Dr. Daniel Whitehurst died at the age of 65. A native of Virginia, he came to Key West in 1844 as post surgeon at Fort Jefferson. He was mayor of Key West from 1868 to 1869.

1924 The Stephen R. Mallory Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy unveiled the monument in Bayview Park in memory of the departed heroes of the confederate army and navy.

1956 The movie "Rose Tattoo," which was made in Key West, had its premiere showing in Florida at the Strand and San Carols theaters. Key West resident Tennessee Williams, who wrote the play, was on hand for the opening.

1959 Filming started on the movie "Operation Petticoat." The movie starred Cary Grant, who was already in Key West, and Tony Curtis, who was en route.

1996 Rear Adm. John E. Shkor, Coast Guard, relieved Rear Adm. Andrew A. Granuzzo, Navy, as commander of the Joint Interagency Task Force East, based at the Truman Annex of the Naval Air Station.