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1953 The Monroe County Health Unit reported the 54th polio case of the year with five deaths.
1957 Admiral Francis D. McCorkle reported that the Navy had a total of 11,776 military and civilian workers on the payroll in Key West plus an additional 8,243 dependents resided in the area.
1960 Noted artist and children's book author, Morgan Dennis died in New York. Dennis' winter home in Key West was the houseboat Sea Dog, the first boat moored on Houseboat Row on South Roosevelt Boulevard.
1962President John F. Kennedy, in a speech to the nation, ordered a quarantine of Cuba because of the Russian missiles on the island. The local military was in the highest state of readiness as more troops arrived to support the quarantine.
1972Karl Thompson died at age 85. He had served as sheriff of Monroe County from 1933 to 1941. In 1959 he donated the land on Fleming Street for the Monroe County Public Library.
1974 The E.K. Corporation began filming "92 in the Shade" based on Tom McGuane's book. The movie, set in Key West, starred Peter Fonda.