Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

North Pinellas History | A look back

Feb. 5, 1945: Clearwater hears aerial 'fight' over city

Windows throughout the Clearwater area rattled this morning as army fighter planes believed to be from the Pinellas airport engaged in aerial target practice high over the city using what apparently were 20mm cannon shells.

The aerial cannonading began shortly before 8 a.m. and continued throughout the forenoon. Some of the reports were heavy enough to rattle dishes in cupboards throughout the south Clearwater section. The planes were very high and were moving in formation.

Feb. 1, 1950

Monuments okayed for Philippe Park

CLEARWATER — Resolutions endorsing the establishment of a national monument at Pinellas County's new Philippe Park were adopted by the board of county commissioners yesterday at the request of Courtney Campbell, chairman of the county park board.

The action set in motion federal government wheels that will mean, eventually, that funds for Philippe Park's upkeep and maintenance might be defrayed by the Federal National Parks bureau.

Campbell advised the commission that the request for national monument designation had been approved by the park board and that a request for assistance had been sent to Congressman J. Hardin Peterson, retiring chairman of the house public lands committee.

A copy of the county board's resolution will be sent to Congressman Peterson along with personal letters from individual commissioners.

Feb. 3, 1950

Oldsmar Civic Club lays plans for carnival

OLDSMAR — A special meeting of the Oldsmar Civic Club was held at 3 p.m. Sunday on the club's property, where work has already begun on a new club building.

The meeting was called to make arrangements and assign committees to work on a forthcoming carnival, which is scheduled to start Feb. 6 and continue through Feb. 11. The chairman of the carnival, E.R. Dooley, urges all members not present at the Sunday meeting to volunteer their services and help make the event a success. The carnival is being held to raise money for the building fund and a lot of work is needed to prepare for the event.

Feb. 2, 1945

Weatherman says winter outward bound

CLEARWATER — Groundhog Day doesn't mean a thing in Pinellas County because the month of February usually finds temperatures rising to the increasing tempo of approaching spring, according to a heartening survey of weather prospects for this month prepared by T.W. Cushing, director of the weather and climate service for the upper Pinellas Red Cross chapter.

Cushing is a close student of weather conditions. In fact, it is his hobby and he has pored over Pinellas weather charts dating back many years.

"February usually finds the warmth beginning to return to this county," Cushing said here today. "Temperatures throughout the month are uniformly higher than those of January. So it really doesn't matter if the little, brown animal sees his shadow, because winter's on the way out."

But suppose we take a look at Cushing's temperature figures for the month.

"Afternoon temperatures in February fluctuate around 71 as an average," he said. "We can expect early morning lows around 53 degrees. Rainfall normally totals less than 3 inches and you can look for rain on about seven days."

The sun will likely shine 209 hours, 66 percent of daylight hours, Cushing said, and midday relative humidity averages 59 percent, 2 degrees less than for December and January.

>>Looking back


through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is.

The information is compiled from past editions of the

St. Petersburg Times.

Feb. 5, 1945: Clearwater hears aerial 'fight' over city 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa heading into several tough budget years

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Less pain now, more pain later.

    The Tampa City Council will hold a final public hearing on the proposed 2018 city budget and property tax rate at 5 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of Old City Hall, 315 E Kennedy Blvd.
  2. The Daystarter: Rick vs. Rick 2.0 tonight; Bucs' McCoy says some fans cross line; Trump associate to testify; helicopter crashes onto Odessa roof


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.


    Rescuers respond to a crash of a small helicopter on the roof of a home in the Odessa area on Monday. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  3. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals


    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  4. Trump associate Roger Stone to talk to House panel in Russia probe


    WASHINGTON — The House intelligence panel will interview two of President Donald Trump's associates behind closed doors this week as congressional committees step up their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Roger Stone talks to reporters outside a courtroom in New York this past March. The House intelligence panel will interview Stone behind closed doors Tuesday as congressional committees step up their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Fformer Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn also will talk to the House panel. [Associated Press]
  5. Pinellas commission set to discuss next budget, licensing board

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission will be busy on Tuesday.