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Today in Keys History: Aug. 11

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary. Rose at 4:35 and walked on the beach, returned and bathed. At 8:30 a.m. barometer 29.61, thermometer 86, wind southeast 5, clouds 3. Read Law magazine. Went to a singing with Matilda. 1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary. Cloudy, Tues. Aug. 11,[…]

Today in History: Aug. 11

On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the veto as unconstitutional.) On this date in: 1934: The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Island (a[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 10

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked to the Salt Pond, returned and bathed. At 8:30 a.m. barometer 29.60, thermometer 86.5, wind southeast 2, clouds 3. Purchased from L.M. Shaffer a canister of solidified milk containing 12 pounds for $4.50. Sent the barrel of flour[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 9

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked up the beach and across by the Salt Pond. At 8:15 a.m. barometer 29.65, thermometer 87, wind southeast 4, clouds 3. A Spanish Woman living near us says that she will nurse the baby three time a day.[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 8

1855: William Hackley, 40-year-old-married attorney, recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:10 and walked on the beach, returned and bathed. At 8:45 a.m. barometer 29.70.5, thermometer 88, clouds 6, wind east southeast 5. Several light showers about 6 a.m. Read Law magazine. While Senator Stephen Mallory and Fernando Moreno were[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 7

1840: Indians attacked and burned the settlement on Indian Key. The settlement had been founded by Jacob Houseman and was the county seat for the newly formed Dade County. The raid ended Houseman’s hope for a wrecking empire separate from Key West. Killed during the raid was horticulturist and physician[…]

Today in History: Aug. 07

On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. On this date in: 1782: Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 6

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked on the beach, returned and bathed. At 8 barometer 29.51.5, thermometer 86.5, wind south 2, clouds 3. Read the Law magazine. At home all afternoon. 1884: Walter C. Maloney died in Key West at age of 71. He[…]

Today in History: Aug. 6

On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. (Three days later, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki; five days after that, Imperial Japan surrendered.) On[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 5

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked on the beach, returned and bathed. At 8:15 a.m. barometer 29.52, thermometer 86.5, wind east southeast 2, clouds 4. Remained at home all day reading. 1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Wed. Aug. 5, 1896. I[…]