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5 Fun Facts About April 16 In Florida History

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1. In 1740, the Spanish governor of Florida declared war on the English colony of Georgia, leading to the Siege of St. Augustine. The British were unsuccessful in their attempts to capture the Spanish-held fort.

2. In 1907, the first major automobile race in Florida was held in Ormond Beach. The race covered a distance of 25 miles and was won by a car with a top speed of 60 miles per hour.

3. In 1941, the United States Navy opened a new naval air station in Jacksonville, Florida. The base played a significant role in training pilots and supporting naval operations during World War II.

4. In 1972, the first Space Shuttle prototype, named Enterprise, was rolled out for public display at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Enterprise never actually flew in space but was used for testing and experimental purposes.

5. In 2003, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Aaron's 499 race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The win was particularly emotional for Earnhardt Jr., as his father, legendary driver Dale Earnhardt, had died in a crash at the same track just two years earlier.
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