Today in history:
1877:Winner Bethel died in Key West. He was a native of the Bahamas and came to Key West in 1847. He was mayor of Key West from 1872 to 1873. He was also the Probate Court judge.
1950: Mayor and Mrs. William O'Dwer of New York City arrived for their annual visit to the Key Largo Angler's Club.
1979: The U.S. Army announced that the First Battalion of the 65th Air Defense Artillery would leave Key West during the next fiscal year. The unit had 740 military and 10 civilian personnel in Key West. The Air Defense Artillery came to Key West during the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962.
1984: No. 1 Boat Manufacturing Company on Stock Island completed work on a 75-foot passenger and cargo vessel that was custom-built for use in the Bahamas. It was the largest fiberglass boat built in Key West.
1986: Writer John Ciardi, who had been a winter resident of Key West since 1975, died at his home in New Jersey.
1989: Former U.S. poet laureate and part-time Key West resident Richard Wilbur was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for poetry.