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5 Fun Facts About April 6 In Florida History

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1. On April 6, 1909, the first commercial flight in the state of Florida occurred. The pilot, Anthony Jannus, flew from St. Petersburg to Tampa Bay in a Benoist Flying Boat.

2. In 1968, on April 6, a tornado touched down in Orlando, causing extensive damage to the city. The tornado was rated an F3 on the Fujita scale and resulted in six fatalities.

3. The University of Florida won its second consecutive NCAA Basketball Championship on April 6, 2007. The team led by coach Billy Donovan defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 84-75 in a game held in Atlanta, Georgia.

4. In 1919, on April 6, the musical film "The Jazz Singer" premiered in the state of Florida. The movie, starring Al Jolson, was the first feature-length movie to include synchronized sound.

5. On April 6, 1934, the town of LaBelle, Florida, was destroyed by a major fire that destroyed over 20 buildings in the downtown area. The fire started in a dry goods store and spread quickly due to strong winds.
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