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1952 In a special election, the voters approved a dog track on Stock Island that backers planned to open in February 1953.
1958 Ralph E. Cunningham Jr. defeated J.Y. Porter IV in the Democratic primary runoff election for state representative, Group 2.
1959 Gov. Leroy Collins named Louis Carbonnell clerk of court to fill the unexpired term of Harry Dongo, who resigned.
1976 President Gerald Ford signed a military construction bill that included a provision to keep the Naval Air Station Key West open. The station had been slated for closing or major cutbacks.
1986 In the Democratic primary, Ron Saunders was elected state representative, as he did not have an opponent in the general election.
1987 The Key West City Commission approved the annexation of Tank Island, which is now known as Sunset Key.