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Friday, April 5, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1876 The lighthouse on Fort Jefferson was lighted.

1909 Alfredo Zayas, vice president of Cuba, visited the Cuban community of Key West and was welcomed by Mayor Fogarty at a reception in the San Carlos.

1957 Katherine Harris, future Florida secretary of state and congresswoman, was born at the Naval Hospital in Key West.

1968 The Key West City Commission, by a unanimous vote, appointed Winston L. James as Key West police chief, replacing Armando Perez Jr., who resigned.

1969 Former President and Mrs. Harry Truman left Key West after a two-week visit. This was his last visit to the Keys.

1976 By unanimous vote, the Key West City Commission appointed G.C. "Gibby" Cates fire chief.

1976 Joseph "Bum" Farto, former Key West fire chief, failed to appear in court for sentencing on his conviction of drug dealing. He was never seen again.

1989 The U.S. Air Force Surveillance blimp nicknamed "Fat Albert" went down in the Gulf of Mexico northwest of its base on Cudjoe Key.