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5 Fun Facts About December 15 In Florida History

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1. On December 15, 1959, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened to the public. This iconic bridge spans the mouth of Tampa Bay and connects St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia.

2. In 1821, Florida officially became a United States territory on December 15. Prior to this date, it had been under the control of Spain.

3. The first ever Walt Disney World Marathon was held on December 15, 1994. The marathon has since become an annual event, attracting thousands of runners from around the world.

4. On December 15, 1835, the Seminole Indian War began in Florida. This conflict lasted for almost 8 years and had a significant impact on the state's history.

5. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played their first ever home game on December 15, 1976. They faced off against the Miami Dolphins at Tampa Stadium, but unfortunately lost 23-20.
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