on this day in:
1876 A hurricane of minor intensity hit Key West with winds of 75 mph causing slight damage to roofs and trees.
1901 The cemetery in the heart of town was crowded without much room left. City officials were looking for a new cemetery site a distance from town for sanitary reasons.
1927 To fulfill its contract with the U.S. Post Office, Pan American Airlines hired pilot Cy Caldwell to fly a single-engine seaplane from Key West to Havana. He left Key West at 8:04 a.m. carrying seven sacks of mail containing about 30,000 letters. He landed in Havana 62 minutes later and saved the airline, which could not begin regular service with its own planes until Oct. 28.
1942 The new Naval Hospital on South Roosevelt was commissioned and Captain Jessie W. Allen, (MC), United States Navy, assumed duties as the first commanding officer.
1979 The Harry S. Truman Animal Import Center on Fleming Key, the first of its kind on U.S. soil, was dedicated. The main speaker was Gov. Bob Graham.