Friday, February 15, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1898 The Battleship Maine was destroyed by an explosion in Havana Harbor.

1925John Phillip Sousa, the famous marching king, arrived from Havana with his wife and daughter. They were guests at the Hotel Casa Marina.

1957 Humorist S.J. Perelman was vacationing in Key West.

1958Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Evinrude stopped in Key West on their yacht. Mrs. Evinrude was better known as singer Frances Langford.

1959 Two stained-glass windows named "Come Unto Me" and "The Good Shepherd" were dedicated at the evening service of the First Congregational Church.

1985 The gunsight hood from the Battleship Maine that had been at Harris School since it was given to Key West was moved to the new Key West Post Office on Whitehead Street and rededicated.

1995 The new 19,999 square-foot terminal at Marathon Airport opened. The terminal was part of a $7.4 million airport upgrade.

1998 The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor was observed in Key West. The restored Battleship Maine plot in the Key West Cemetery was rededicated.