on this day in:
1858Philip J. Fontaine, grocer and ship chandler, died at age 50. He had served three terms as mayor of Key West.
1864John Whitehead died in New York, where he was vice president of an insurance company. He and John Simonton, John Fleming and Pardon Greene were the first American owners of Key West.
1927 The Key West Planning and Zoning Board met for the first time. The members of the board were W.W. Demeritt, chairman, L.T. Bragassa, Miss Mollie Parker, A.C. Elgin and Emory Pierce.
1932 A tropical storm passed south of Miami and carried in some rain. The highest wind recorded in Key West was 40 mph.
1955T.T. Thompson, founder of The Key West Citizen, died in Miami at the age of 79. Thompson sold the paper in 1921 to L.P. Artman.
1965 Sen. George Smathers was the main speaker at the Monroe Junior College on Fort Street.