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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Florida History

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1. On December 24, 1914, the city of Miami experienced a devastating fire, known as the Miami Fire of 1914, which destroyed much of the downtown area. The fire started in a clothing store and quickly spread, ultimately damaging or destroying dozens of buildings.

2. In 1938, on December 24, the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation launched Florida's first television station, W4XAA, in Miami. Within a few years, the station, which later became known as WTVJ, would become one of the most popular in the state.

3. December 24, 1997, saw the debut of the "Holiday on Ice" show at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show, which featured world-famous ice skaters performing holiday-themed routines, was a huge success and has continued to be a popular attraction in the area for many years.

4. In 2003, on December 24, the Florida Gators football team faced off against the Miami Hurricanes in the Peach Bowl. Despite a valiant effort, the Gators ultimately lost the game 27-10.

5. Finally, on December 24, 2010, NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft completed its 50,000th orbit around the red planet. The spacecraft, which has been in operation since 2001, has provided scientists with a wealth of data about Mars' geology, climate, and potential for supporting life.
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