Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1902James Frank was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Frank Adams.

1905 The County Road name was changed to Flagler Boulevard.

1927Michael Culmer, 105-year-old native of the Bahamas, died. He had been in Key West for 56 years and may have been the oldest man in the U.S.

1929 The Navy, using the submarine S-4, began testing a submarine escape device known as the Momsen Lung. The tests were conducted near Smith Shoals.

1953 The Key West City Commission approved a resolution changing the name of Salt Pond Road between Truman Avenue and Virginia Street to Jose Marti Drive.

1954John W. Roberts, George McDonald and Paul Roberts were honored at the regular meeting of the Tiger Hose Co. Number 3 for their more than 50 years of service to the volunteer fire department. Otto Kirchheiner made the presentations.

1955 Construction began on a luxury housing development at the east end of Flagler Avenue that was named the "Gold Coast of Key West." The development had more than 40 homes with deep water canals suitable for large yachts.

1971 The new 200-unit high-rise housing project on Kennedy Drive was named the Senior Citizen Plaza.

1984 An international trade conference among the United States, Japan, Canada and the European community was held over the weekend at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

1986 U.S. District Judge William O. Mehrtens ruled the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha belonged to Mel Fisher's Treasure Salvors, the firm that found the Spanish galleon 45 miles west of Key West.

1995 The U.S. Postal Service announced it would issue a commemorative stamp honoring the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Key West resident Tennessee Williams.

1998 Key West Police Chief John Kirvan quit after three months on the job because of threatening phone calls.