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5 Fun Facts About August 23 In Florida History

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1. In 1943, the U.S. Navy established the Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, it is the third-largest naval installation in the country.

2. On August 23, 1971, John Dillinger's girlfriend, Evelyn Frechette, passed away in Melbourne, Florida. Frechette had served two years in prison for harboring Dillinger during his bank-robbing days.

3. In 1978, a fire broke out at the now-demolished Six Gun Territory amusement park in Ocala, Florida, causing extensive damage. The park was known for its Wild West-themed attractions and was a popular tourist destination in the 1960s and 70s.

4. On August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Florida's Panhandle, causing flooding and power outages. Although the storm was not as devastating as it would later be in Louisiana and Mississippi, it served as a warning to Florida residents to prepare for future hurricanes.

5. In 2019, the University of Miami announced plans to build a $100 million health campus in Coral Gables, Florida. The campus will include a new medical center and will focus on providing advanced medical care and education to South Florida residents.
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