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5 Fun Facts About December 1 In Florida History

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1. On December 1, 1821, Florida officially became a United States territory after being ceded by Spain.
2. The first operational jet engine-powered aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me 262, was encountered by the U.S. Army Air Forces in Florida on December 1, 1944.
3. In 1955, Rosa Parks was treating for exhaustion in Florida on December 1st when the Montgomery bus boycott began in Alabama after she refused to give up her seat on a bus.
4. On December 1, 1978, the first artificial heart transplant was successfully performed in Florida by Dr. Denton Cooley.
5. In December 2006, NASA launched the STS-116 mission which was the first shuttle mission to feature a female shuttle commander, Florida native Pam Melroy.
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