Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1898 Apprentice First Class Ernest Suntzenich, who was wounded in battle at Cienfuegos, Cuba, died of his wound at the Army Hospital at the Key West Barracks. He was buried in the Battleship Maine Plot in the Key West City Cemetery.

1924 Mayor Frank Ladd was the main speaker before a large crowd at the formal opening of Bayview Park.

1940 Thelma Strabel, author of "Reap the Wild Wind" the story of Key West wreckers, took out a building permit for $12,000 to construct a house at 400 South Street.

1942 The Mexican freighter Potrero Del Llano was sunk by the German submarine U-564 near Fowey Rocks Lighthouse.

1953 Captain Manuel Fernandez, U.S. Air Force, shot down 14 MIG fighters over Korea. The leading jet air ace was born in Key West

1964 Francis Cardinal Spellman, military vicar of the Catholic Armed Forces of the United States and Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of New York, arrived for a visit to the Navy in Key West.

1978 The Panamanian freighter Florida Silver Bow ran aground on the reef to the west of the American Shoals Lighthouse.

1980 A task force of business leaders was formed to combat the unfavorable press coverage of the Cuban Boat Lift. Merchants reported that business was down between 25 and 50 per cent over the last year.