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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Florida History

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1. In 1982, the deadliest aviation accident in Florida history occurred on January 13th. Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington D.C., killing 78 people, including four Florida residents.

2. On January 13, 1915, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was created through an act signed by Governor Park Trammell. This department is responsible for promoting and regulating Florida's agriculture industry.

3. The first commercial flight to Cuba from the United States in over half a century occurred on January 13, 2016. The flight departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived in Santa Clara, Cuba.

4. On January 13, 1835, Congress authorized the building of a lighthouse on Key Biscayne, which would become the Cape Florida Lighthouse. The lighthouse, which still stands today, has served as an important navigation aid for ships entering Biscayne Bay.

5. The first-ever Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city was elected on January 13, 1980, in Miami. Maurice Ferré, a Cuban-American, served as mayor of Miami for 12 years and played an instrumental role in the city's growth and development.
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