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1899Mortimer Falk, senior member of the firm of S. Falk and Sons, met a committee of striking workers from his factory and after a lengthy discussion agreed to the demands of the strikers. The prices paid by the Gato Factory and Ferdinand Hirsch Factory were adopted for use by the Falk Factory.
1906 A Category 2 hurricane crossed the Upper Keys causing damage to the Overseas Railroad, which was under construction. 164 railroad construction crew members were killed, most of whom lived in houseboats that were carried to sea and sunk when the storm hit without warning.
1922 Robert Gabriel, an African American, died in Key West. He had served as State Representative for Monroe County and City Commissioner of Key West for six years.
1944 A hurricane with winds up to 80 mph swept across the Keys. The lowest barometer reading was 29.069. South Roosevelt Boulevard suffered the worst damage and the Navy had six vessels aground in the outer harbor.
1995 Key West famous Turtle Kraal Cannery fell into the water of Key West bight. The city rebuilt the building which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
1996 Hurricane Lili passed south of Key West with a little rain and wind.