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1864 Former Mayor John P. Baldwin died in Lake City, Fla. He had served as mayor of Key West from 1858 to May 1861 when all officials elected under Florida law were removed by the federal government when the state seceded from the Union.
1897Sylvanus Johnson was executed on a gallows erected in Jackson Square between the courthouse and jail. Johnson, an African-American, was convicted or raping a white woman.
1923 The legendary jazz trumpeter Theodore "Fats" Navarro Jr. was born at 828 Thomas St.
1957 Key Colony Beach became the second city in Monroe County when the 11 qualified voters at a town hall meeting approved incorporation.
1985 A study of multiple sclerosis in Key West was conducted by the Monroe County Health Department, the state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. The study failed to find any reason for the high number of cases of the disease in Key West.
1997 The Harvey Government Center at the Historic Truman School was dedicated by County Commissioner Wilhelmina Harvey before a large crowd.