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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Florida History

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1. Florida officially became a state: On July 1, 1845, Florida officially became the 27th state in the United States. Prior to that, it was a territory, and had undergone various changes in ownership and governance.

2. The first aviation disaster in Florida: On July 1, 1922, the first aviation disaster in Florida occurred when a US Navy seaplane crashed into the water in Pensacola Bay, killing all six people on board.

3. Disney's Magic Kingdom opened: On July 1, 1971, Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park opened in Orlando, Florida. It was the first of Disney's Florida parks, and continues to be a major tourist attraction today.

4. Florida began its "zero tolerance" law for drunk driving: On July 1, 1997, Florida implemented a "zero tolerance" law for drunk driving, meaning anyone under the age of 21 who is caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in their system will have their license suspended.

5. Florida implemented a ban on texting while driving: On July 1, 2019, Florida officially implemented a ban on texting while driving. This was done in an effort to reduce distracted driving and increase safety on the roads. The law also makes it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving through a construction zone or school zone.
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