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5 Fun Facts About April 4 In Florida History

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1. In 1818, Andrew Jackson, who would later become the seventh President of the United States, founded the town of Pensacola, Florida. The town was established as the first and oldest settlement in the Florida panhandle.

2. In 1960, NASA's first successful weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite was called TIROS-1, and it revolutionized the field of meteorology by providing real-time information on weather conditions around the world.

3. On April 4, 1975, Florida State University quarterback, Gary Huff, was drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears. Huff became the first Florida State player to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

4. In 1983, the Florida Marlins, a Major League Baseball team, played their first ever game. The game was against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Marlins went on to win the game, 6-3.

5. On April 4, 2005, the Terri Schiavo case came to an end. Schiavo was a woman from Pinellas Park, Florida who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years. Her husband fought for years to have her feeding tube removed, while her parents fought to keep her alive. The case gained national attention and sparked debate over end-of-life issues. Schiavo's feeding tube was ultimately removed and she died on March 31, 2005.
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