Monday, July 8, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1908 Monroe County Deputy Sheriff and Audubon Society Game Warden Guy M. Bradley was shot and killed by outlaw feather hunters in what is now the Everglades National Park.

1926 The old streetcar tracks were removed. The old trolleys were burned and the tracks sold for scrap.

1942 The merchant vessel J.A. Moffett Jr. was damaged near Alligator Lighthouse by German submarine U-571.

1945 Dr. James B. Parramore, county health director, reported 35 cases of polio in Key West during the summer.

1953 The beach that former President Harry Truman used at the Naval Station was given a face-lift and was opened to naval personnel and their dependents.

1962 The movie PT-109, the story of President John F. Kennedy during World War II, was being filmed on Munson Island. The movie starred Cliff Robertson as Kennedy.

1983 Congressman Dante Fascell was the speaker at the commissioning of the Coast Guard Surface Effect Ship PETREL at the Coast Guard base.

1986 Ida Barron, newspaper columnist and historian, died at age 75. Among other accomplishments she was instrumental in bringing together the Island Roots celebration in the 1970s in which Key West and New Plymouth in the Bahamas were named sister cities.