on this day in:
1929 A Category 3 hurricane passed over Key Largo. The lowest barometer reading recorded in the Keys was 27.99. Damage was slight because of the small population of the Upper Keys.
1940 The Navy announced that a contract had been negotiated to construct a water pipeline from the mainland to Key West.
1944 Col. Sherman E. Willard relieved Col. Ralph E. Hill as commanding officer of Army Barracks Key West.
1955 Two Navy airmen on watch escaped injury when a small but violent tornado struck Boca Chica Naval Air Station, tore two occupied blimps from their moorings and blew them a half-mile into the mangroves. Both airships were badly damaged.
1976 The winners in the runoff election were: William A. Freeman, sheriff; Roger Swift, School Board; Richard Kerr, county commissioner; and J. Burton Frierson III, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority board.