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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1896William Curry, Key West's most highly esteemed citizen and businessman, died. He was born in Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, on Sept. 11, 1821, and came to Key West at the age of 16. He entered the mercantile business in Key West and became Florida's first millionaire. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

1898 The U.S. Atlantic Fleet arrived off Key West for winter training. The Battleship Maine, which had been in Key West since November, got under way to join the fleet.

1912 The parade commemorating the opening of the Overseas Railroad started from the corner of Simonton and Eaton streets at 11 a.m. At 7:30 p.m., a banquet honoring the opening of the railroad was held at the Marine Barracks, at which Mayor J.N. Fogarty presided as toastmaster. Gen. Robert Shaw Oliver, the personal representative of President William H. Taft, read a message from the president. Henry M. Flagler also gave a speech.

1917Franklin D. Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the Navy, with members of his staff, paid an official visit to the Naval Station and inspected the facilities. They left for Havana on the Destroyer MacDonald after the inspection.

1954 Florida's acting Gov. Charley Johns dedicated the new swimming pool at Key Colony Beach.

1974 Air Sunshine, Key West's locally owned and based airline as of Feb. 1, announced the signing of joint-fare agreements with Eastern and Delta airlines.