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Sunday, February 10, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1763 Florida came under British control. The last of the Keys native people left for Havana with the Spanish.

1957 Former President Harry Truman arrived at the Olney Inn at Islamorada. He travelled to Key West on the 23rd to speak at a benefit for his Presidential Library.

1959 Kerr-McGee Drilling Co. of Morgan City, La., began testing for oil strata in an area 14 miles northwest of Key West.

1963 The first Masses were said in the temporary church building of St. Bede's Catholic Church, at 2700 Flagler Ave.

1964 Ground was broken for the 20-acre, million-dollar Searstown shopping center on North Roosevelt. Southern Bell Telephone Co. opened its new building on Simonton Street.

1971 The final "official" 1970 census figures for Key West showed a population of 29,312.

1975 The interior of the Old Island Inn on Simonton Street was destroyed by fire. Ernest Hemingway stayed in the building on his first visit to Key West.

1995 Rear Adm. William Leahy, commander of the 7th Coast Guard District, presented the Coast Guard Unit Commendation to the Coast Guard Group Key West for its work during the Cuban refugee exodus of 1994.