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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In Florida History

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1. In 1983, a bomb exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 17 Americans, including a Florida resident named William Nordeen who was serving as the embassy's defense attaché.

2. In 1929, aviation pioneer and first female licensed pilot in the U.S. Harriet Quimby died in a plane crash while attempting to fly across the English Channel. Quimby had spent time in Florida training with the Wright Brothers and touring with their flying exhibition.

3. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Nearly 1,200 Japanese Americans from Florida were among the more than 120,000 forcibly relocated.

4. In 1952, Hurricane Able made landfall near West Palm Beach, causing extensive damage and prompting the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. It was the earliest known hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. at the time.

5. In 1968, NASA launched the Apollo 6 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral on a mission to test the Saturn V rocket and spacecraft systems in preparation for a manned lunar mission. Though the mission suffered some technical problems, it was considered a success in advancing the space program.
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