1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary. Woke at 5 and found that it was raining and did not walk. Bathed. At 8:30 a.m. barometer 29.55, thermometer 88.5, wind east 3, clouds 6. The pain in my chest still continued, caused by indigestion from eating a Mush Melon yesterday morning which has brought on a spell of dyspepsia. Took a gall pill before breakfast. Yesterday gave Babe some Gin for wind and pain and think I will use it instead of the usual carminatives. P.m. siesta.
1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Fri. Aug. 14, 1896. I arose at 7:45, dressed, had breakfast, Sallie was here to breakfast, spent day here, I sewed until dinner, had dinner, dressed, went to Jake's, to P.O., back to P.O., to Mamie's. We went to Litany, to store, to Government Wharf, to Bund, to Mamie's to Laura's, to Mary E.'s, to Fannie's, came home, to bed. TIRED TO DEATH
1932: Preliminary work was started on a lighthouse at Smith Shoals. The shoals, located north of the entrance to the Northwest Channel, were named for harbor pilot Joshua Smith, who discovered them.
1945: Key West greeted the news the war had ended with throngs parading on Duval Street. The U.S. Navy Yard announced the news with 10 long blasts on the siren and all the ships in the harbor sounded their whistles. As had been planned, all bar and clubs in the city and on the bases were closed.
1947: City Commissioner John Carbonnell led a large delegation from Key West that attended the ceremony when Havana Mayor Nicolas Castellanos Rivero changed the name of the old San Francisco Plaza in Havana to Key West Plaza.
1976: Edward B. Hart became postmaster of Key West ,replacing Clyde Stickney, who retired after 21 years of service.
1988: Pritam Singh held a ground-breaking ceremony to begin construction on the Truman Annex.