on this day in:
1902 A 15-foot shark was caught from Curry's Wharf near the harbor end of Simonton Street.
1917 C.W. Saunderson resigned his seat on the City Commission after receiving his Army Commission.
1930 The City Council ordered a reduction in salaries of 18 city officials and abolished four police positions due to the depression and citizens' inability to pay taxes.
1947 The Strand Theater signed a $25,000 contract to install a 60-ton air conditioning system.
1947 A Category 4 hurricane that hit the mainland caused winds of 56 mph in Key West with some minor flooding.
1955 The state of Florida leased oil rights on 734,760 acres of Monroe County bay bottom land to the California Co. for $1.1 million. The county did not receive any money from the deal.
1993 A defecting Cuban Air Force pilot landed his MiG-21 fighter plane at the Naval Air Station. The plane was detected on radar about four minutes before it landed.