Tuesday, December 3, 2013

on this day in:

1859 In a trial in federal court, Alejandro Carcer and Guillot Eloy of the American schooner Enterprise were convicted of the murder of Capt. B.A. Morantes. They were found guilty and Judge William Marvin sentenced them to be hanged.

1900 The cigar shipments from this city still hold their own and the output for the week was more than 1.5 million cigars. The steamer Lampassas sailed for New York with 1.85 million cigars for that city. Hundreds of thousands more were loaded aboard steamers bound for New Orleans and Galveston. The factories were working full force and no labor trouble was expected, which gave assurance of a good year.

1950 At the Little White House, President Harry Truman issued an executive order creating a new Committee on Government Contract Compliance with the aim of reducing discrimination against employees because of race, color, creed or national origin.

1957 The Blue Lagoon Motel at the corner of Sigsbee Road and North Roosevelt Boulevard was being built.

1930Julia La Congo died at the age of 110 at the Mercedes Hospital. She was a queen of a tribe in Africa before being captured and sold into slavery in Cuba. After she was freed, she came to Key West and with her husband operated a grocery store until World War I. Her burial services were conducted by Father A.L. Maureau, S.J. of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

1997 The movie "A Murder of Crows" starring Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was being filmed in Key West.