Monday, February 4, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1833 The territorial council issued a charter for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the first religious organization on the island.

1941 In a special election, the freeholders of the county voted 493-12 to approve a bond of $40,000 to build a county airport at Boca Chica. Only 90 eligible voters failed to appear at the polls.

1949 Fire destroyed the Thompson Ice Plant on Caroline Street.

1953 Dr. E.R. Basso celebrated his 85th birthday and retired from active practice after 60 years of service in Key West. He graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in medicine in 1893.

1954 The Navy's two smallest submarines, the USS Mackerel and USS Marlin, were assigned to Key West. The 250-ton submarines were used for training antisubmarine warfare to surface ships and aircraft.

1961 Groundbreaking for the new building for St. James Baptist Church was held at the corner of Olivia Street and Terry Lane. The first church was built in 1876 and rebuilt in 1913.

1999 The jury recommended the death sentence for Thomas M. Overton, who was found guilty of murdering the MacIvor family in August 1991.