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5 Fun Facts About August 20 In Florida History

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1. Andrew Jackson Captures Pensacola (1814) - On August 20, 1814, American General Andrew Jackson captured the Spanish-held city of Pensacola in an effort to stop the British from using it as a base during the War of 1812.

2. Florida's State Capital Moves to Tallahassee (1824) - On August 20, 1824, Tallahassee was declared the new capital of Florida, replacing St. Augustine as the state's center of government. The new capital was chosen for its central location and higher elevation, which provided protection against flooding.

3. First Commercial Flight from Miami to New York (1920) - On August 20, 1920, the first commercial flight from Miami to New York took off from the Miami Naval Air Station. Operated by Aircraft Transport and Travel, the flight took 27 hours and made stops in Jacksonville, Savannah, and Washington D.C.

4. Hurricane Donna Hits Florida (1960) - On August 20, 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall in Florida near Marathon Key as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. The storm caused extensive damage and claimed the lives of 13 people in Florida.

5. Florida's First Female Attorney General Appointed (1998) - On August 20, 1998, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Bob Butterworth as Florida's first female attorney general. Butterworth had previously served as sheriff of Broward County and as a judge on the state appellate court. She served as attorney general until 2002.
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