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5 Fun Facts About January 5 In Florida History

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1. In 1958, the first meeting of the Florida Space Academy was held in Tallahassee. The academy aimed to promote the state as a site for space exploration and research.

2. On January 5, 1961, Hurricane Donna hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, causing extensive damage and resulting in 13 fatalities.

3. In 1970, the city of Key West passed an ordinance declaring the island a "Conch Republic" and seceding from the United States in protest of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. The "Conch Republic" celebrates its independence every year on April 23.

4. On January 5, 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL playoffs, earning their first-ever postseason win and advancing to the NFC Championship game.

5. In 1999, the Miami Heat retired the jersey of Alonzo Mourning during a halftime ceremony. Mourning was a six-time NBA All-Star and one of the most beloved players in Heat history.
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