Wednesday, December 18, 2013

on this day in:

1862 The 47th Pennsylvania Regiment arrived in Key West on the steamer Cosmopolitan and relieved the 90th New York, which sailed on the Cosmopolitan.

1952 The State Board of Health reported that the leading cause of death in Monroe County in 1951 was heart disease, with 75 deaths out of a population of 32,720. Cancer was the second killer, with 37 deaths. Infant mortality was the third cause of death, with 33 babies never reaching their first birthday.

1955 The West India Fruit and Steamship Co.'s Key West to Havana ferry completed testing in the Chesapeake Bay. The City of Havana was a 472-foot former Navy LSD that was converted to an automobile-passenger ferry by the Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding Co.

1956 Singer and actor Burl Ives was spending the holidays in the Keys on a chartered sailing vessel.

1933 Work started on excavating and leveling the land beside Mallory Dock for the Key West Aquarium. The work was under the supervision of Dr. Robert O. Van Deusen and F.W. Knapp.

1961 Actress Tallulah Bankhead arrived for the Christmas holidays. She was visiting her friend, author and playwright James Leo Herlihy.

1975 Key West Policeman Norman Drew was killed in a traffic accident while answering a call on Lower Duval Street.

1986 The Movie "Russkies" was being filmed in Key West.

1990 The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the population of Monroe County was 78,024, of which 29,073 were in Key West. That compared to the 1960 Census, which reported that Monroe County had 47,921 people, with 33,956 in Key West.