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5 Fun Facts About August 6 In Florida History

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1. On August 6, 1912, Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Disney would go on to found the Walt Disney Company, creating beloved characters like Mickey Mouse and developing the concept of theme parks.

2. In 1939, a hurricane struck the Florida Keys on August 6, causing significant damage and loss of life. The storm is remembered as one of the deadliest and most damaging hurricanes to hit the state.

3. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, leading to the end of World War II. Many Floridians were directly impacted by the war effort, with military training and defense industries playing a significant role in the state's economy.

4. In 1993, a gunman opened fire at the 60,000-seat Joe Robbie Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) during a Miami Dolphins preseason game on August 6, injuring several people. The incident led to increased security measures at sporting events and public gatherings.

5. On August 6, 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars after a 352-million-mile journey. The mission involved scientists and engineers from across the country, including many based in Florida who worked on the launch and landing systems.
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