Today in Keys History Oct. 28

On this date in 1927, Pan American Airway flew the first flight from Key West to Havana in the plane General Machado. From the left Henry Barcello, Fred Gelhaus, Gus Alfonso, C.D. Swinson, Charles Morgan, Custom Officer, John Beck, Immigration Officer, C.D. “’Slim’ Pippinger and Stephen Floyd Whalton.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:15 and walked on the beach. Returned home and bathed. At 8 a.m. barometer 29.54, thermometer 78, wind northeast 3, clouds 1. Saw three ducks flying at the Fort wharf. Read papers.

1860: William C. Greene died at the Dry Tortugas. He served as mayor of Key West from 1839 to 1840.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Wed. Oct. 28, 1896. I arose at 7:50, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to Carrie Dosset’s, came home, went to school, came home, had dinner, did dishes, got ready clothes, took a bath, laid down, got up, dressed, Mama and I went to La Brisa, had Band Concert cake walk, Rob Bethel and Aurelia Hernandez got it, walked around much, danced with Charlie, Bub, Fred Filer, Oscar Schultz, came home, had to sit on edge of seat, Mamie McNulty and Mother would not budge for us, mean chimps. KICKING.

1908: A tropical storm passed to the west of Key West, causing little damage.

1927: Pan American Airways flew it first flight from the newly constructed Key West International Airport. Pilots Huey Wells and Eddie Musick, carrying 772 pounds of mail, flew the tri-motor Fokker to Havana.

1946: Col. Robert E. Turley, commanding officer Harbor Defenses of Key West, received orders transferring him to a new unit.

1954: Actress Anna Magnani arrived at the Casa Marina Hotel for a few days of rest before filming began on Tennessee Williams’ play “Rose Tattoo.”

1955: Rear Adm. H.H. Henderson cut the ribbon to open the Key West State Bank. Howard Wilson, president and chairman of the board of the bank, spoke to the large crowd that attended the open house.1962: Because of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. Navy set up a 100-yard restricted area around all Naval proprieties.

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