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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In Florida History

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1. In 1977, The Supremes performed at the Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami. The performance marked the last time all three original members of the legendary Motown group performed together.

2. In 1839, the United States government established Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County. The fort was used to protect settlers from Seminole Indian attacks during the Second Seminole War.

3. On January 19, 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. The state's Ordinance of Secession was signed in Tallahassee, setting off a chain reaction that eventually led to the American Civil War.

4. In 1957, mass protests erupted in Tallahassee in response to the segregation of the city's buses. The protests, which were led by civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr., eventually led to the desegregation of the city's public transportation system.

5. On January 19, 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first and only Super Bowl in franchise history. The team, led by head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Brad Johnson, defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.
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