Saturday, December 7, 2013

on this day in:

1863 Alexander Patterson was re-elected mayor of Key West. He also served as mayor from 1841-1842, 1856-1857, 1865-1866 and 1867-1868.

1908 The Key West Journal, a weekly newspaper, made its first appearance. Fred H. Mathews was the editor.

1940 Author Thelma Strabel moved into her new house by the Southernmost Point. She is best remembered for her novel "Reap the Wild Wind," the story about the Key West wreckers that was made into a movie.

1941 All local military personnel were put on the highest state of readiness after the Japanese attacked the United States forces at Pearl Harbor.

1955 Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro spoke to a group of about 300 in a parking lot on Stock Island. He had attempted to speak in the city but was blocked in this effort.

1994 City Manager Felix Cooper named Richard Wardlow as the city's fire chief, replacing Chief Edwin Castor, who was retiring at the end of the year after a 31-year career as a firefighter.