1. In 1865, the Union army under the command of General Edward M. McCook captured Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, during the American Civil War. This marked the end of Confederate control in the state.
2. In 1901, construction began on the Overseas Railroad, a 128-mile line connecting the Florida Keys to Key West. The project was completed in 1912 and was considered one of the engineering marvels of its time.
3. In 1994, Hurricane Andrew struck Florida, causing significant damage and claiming 26 lives. The storm was one of the most destructive in U.S. history, with estimated damages of over $26 billion.
4. In 2011, Michael Dunn, a white man, shot and killed Jordan Davis, a black teenager, at a gas station in Jacksonville following a dispute over loud music. The incident sparked national debates about racism, gun control, and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida.
5. In 2018, a gunman opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, killing two people and injuring several others. The perpetrator, who had a history of harassing women, took his own life at the scene. The shooting prompted discussions about gun violence and mental health policies in the state.
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