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5 Fun Facts About April 5 In Florida History

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1. In 2017, the world's largest SpongeBob SquarePants statue was unveiled in Orlando, Florida. The statue stands at 7-feet tall and weighs over 1,800 pounds.

2. On April 5, 1926, the Tampa Bay Hotel was reopened as a college for women, which later became the University of Tampa.

3. In 1961, the first rocket from the Kennedy Space Center was launched into space, marking the beginning of the United States' space program and Florida's status as the "Space Coast."

4. On April 5, 1994, the Florida Marlins played their first ever Major League Baseball game in front of a sold-out crowd at Joe Robbie Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) in Miami.

5. In 1851, Florida's first state constitution was adopted at a convention in St. Joseph. The constitution remained in effect for over 20 years until it was replaced in 1868 after the Civil War.
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