Today in history:
1845: Florida was admitted to the Union, becoming the 27th state.
1898: An unidentified body from the Battleship Maine was buried in the Battleship Maine Plot in the Key West City Cemetery.
1898: The schooner Speedwell, traveling from Marco Island to Key West, capsized and sank near the Marquesas Islands. Lost were Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Nichols Jr., as well as their son and daughter. Also lost were Capt. Collier's three sons. The captain and three others were saved.
1903: A telegraph cable was run to Sand Key for use of the weather station, built on the island.
1911: Monroe County started construction on two poor houses, at the rear of Windsor Lane.
1911: Surgeon E.K. Sprague was the medical officer in command of the U.S. Marine Hospital.
1917:Carl G. Fisher, of Indianapolis, won the Express Cruiser Speedboat Race from Miami. His boat, the Shadow II, took six hours, 17 minutes to cover the 161 miles. Five boats started the race but only two finished.
1954: First National Bank President J.J. Trevor presented the old doors from the bank to the Key West Art Historical Society for use at the East Martello. The doors were installed at the bank when it was constructed in 1891.
1961: 1961 A crowded, tumultuous, meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Carlos Institute resulted in a break in relations between the Institute and the government of Castro's Cuba.