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5 Fun Facts About July 13 In Florida History

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1. In 1962, NASA's Mariner 1 spacecraft was set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida to explore Venus. However, a programming error caused the spacecraft to veer off course shortly after launch and it had to be destroyed. This incident is known as the "Mariner 1 Crash" and led to improvements in spacecraft programming.

2. On July 13, 1977, the Miami Riot occurred. The riot was sparked by the death of an African-American man in police custody and lasted for three days. Several buildings were set on fire and looted during the riot, and hundreds of people were arrested.

3. In 1985, a tornado outbreak in Florida caused extensive damage and killed 11 people. The tornadoes were part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the southeastern United States.

4. On July 13, 2007, the Tropical Storm Barry made landfall in Florida. The storm caused heavy rainfall and flooding in several areas, and several roads were closed due to the flooding.

5. In 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The trial and verdict sparked protests and controversy across the United States, including in Florida.
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