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1861 Maj. William H. French issued an order that all male citizens of the island take an oath of allegiance to the United States within 60 days or they would be removed from Key West.
1898 Cmdr. P.P. Gilmore relieved Cmdr. J.M. Forsyth as commandant of the Naval Station.
1900 The case of the bark South American, which had wrecked on French Reef, was heard in Federal Court. The vessel, with a cargo of mahogany, was lost. The wreckers were awarded a fee of $11,925.
1969 The old B'nai Zion Synagogue on Simonton Street was sold to the Mission to the Military Inc., a servicemen's Christian center. The old building was replaced by the new synagogue on United Street.
1974Robert C. Sowers Jr. took over as publisher of the Key West Citizen under the paper's new owner, Thomson Newspapers Inc.
1978Regina McMahen received her badge and gun after completing the Florida Police Academy, to become the first female officer on the Key West Police force.
1982 Furniture-finisher magnate Homer Fromby sold Little Munson Island for $1.25 million to Charles and Alexis Kohn.