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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1828David H. Porter, commanding officer of the Mexican Navy ship Guerrero, was killed in a battle with the Spanish ship Lealtad while sailing to Key West to join his uncle Commodore David Porter's Mexican Navy Fleet in Key West. After Commodore David Porter left the Navy, he was hired to establish a navy for the new country of Mexico. He was using Key West as a base to attack the Spanish shipping lanes around Cuba.

1899 The Key West Electric Street Railway Co. operated its first electric car on Duval Street. Everything worked smoothly and the car made frequent trips to La Brisa, carrying nearly 500 people before it stopped for the night.

1905 The new Navy wireless radio station constructed by the Deforest Co. was successfully tested.

1951 Former President Herbert Hoover spent 10 days fishing off the Upper and Middle Keys.

1952Robert Frost, dean of American Poets, arrived in Key West as a guest of Mrs. Jessie Porter Newton.

1968Claude Valdez was named winner of the contest to design a flag for the city of Key West. His flag would later become the flag of the Conch Republic.

1968 The Key West City Commission voted unanimously to donate 15 acres of land on Stock Island for the Lower Keys Hospital.