Thursday, January 24, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1855 The citizens of Key West gave a ball for the officers of the Sloop of War Princeton.

1898 The Battleship Maine, anchored off the Tortugas, was ordered to sail to Havana.

1912Henry Flagler left on his special train at 6:22 a.m., ending his visit for the opening of the Overseas Railroad, and his last visit to Key West.

1912 A fireworks display and band concert were held at Gato baseball grounds at the foot of Duval Street. A Cuban band provided the music and International Fire Works Co. provided the fireworks.

1948 Internationally known fan dancer Sally Rand appeared at the dance and casino sponsored by the Arthur Sawyer Post, American Legion, to benefit the March of Dimes. Miss Rand was a part-time resident of Key West.

1953 The cornerstone for the Key West Yacht Club was laid by Charles S. Taylor, commodore of the club.

1973Burl Ives was in Key West filming a TV documentary on playwright Tennessee Williams.