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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In Florida History

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1. In 1835, Seminole Indian Chief Osceola was captured by the U.S. Army in Florida. The capture marked a significant turning point in the Second Seminole War.
2. In 1902, Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway was completed, connecting Jacksonville to Miami for the first time. The railway played a significant role in the development of Florida's tourism industry.
3. In 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced plans to locate its Launch Operations Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The center is now known as the Kennedy Space Center and has been the launch site for many historic space missions.
4. In 1975, Bob Graham was sworn in as the 38th Governor of Florida. Graham went on to serve three terms as governor and later served in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005.
5. In 2010, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he was leaving the Republican Party and would run for U.S. Senate as an independent candidate. Crist would ultimately lose the election to Republican candidate Marco Rubio.
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