Today in History
The Coast Guard Surface Effect Ship WSES 2 circa 1980. Photo gift Tom Hambright.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1892: Jose Marti arrived in Key West for his second visit to the Cuban Community of the Island.

1929: The first issue of the Key West Sunday Star was published by Monroe County Printing Company. The subscription was $2 per year.

1942: The merchant vessel Umtata was sunk near Fowey Rocks Lighthouse by the German submarine U-571.

1953: Key West City Commission passed an ordinance granting a franchise for television cable operation to John M. Spottswood.

1962: Four painted wood-carvings by Key West artist Mario Sanchez were used in the movie “That Touch of Mink.” The four carvings were bought by actor Cary Grant when he was in Key West filming “Operation Petticoat.”

1978: Long time Upper Keys political leader Harry Harris died in Miami at age 74. He served on the Monroe County Commission from 1942 to 1976.