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1888 Jefferson B. Browne was named Postmaster of Key West.
1901 The United States dredge boat Winyah Bay competed its work on the northwest channel and steamers could go through at low tide. The depth was about fifteen feet, which is ample for the boats that used that channel.
1909 Dutchy Melbourneescaped from Florida State Prison where he was sentenced for the murder of Key West Police Officer Till and arson.
1923 The twenty-five cigar factories of Key West were producing over sixty million cigars annually.
1931 Elena Hoyas Mesa, age 22, died of tuberculosis. She would achieve fame as the corpse that Carl Tanzler (Count Carl von Cosel) would live with for seven years.
1950 The Navy announced plans for 1,000 new housing units at Dredges Key (today Sigsbee Park), Trumbo Point and the old Army Barrack (today Peary Court). The old and dilapidated housing at the Army Barrack and Rest Beach were torn down.
1962 Military activity remained high in support of the Navy ships operating on the quarantine of Cuba ordered by President Kennedy over the Russian missile on the island.