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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Florida History

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1. Hurricane Charley made landfall in Florida on July 14, 2004, causing significant damage and claiming 10 lives. The storm reached peak winds of 150 mph and caused over $13 billion in damages.

2. On July 14, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in various areas including voting, employment, and education.

3. The first direct commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in over 50 years took place on July 14, 2016. The JetBlue flight was historic as it signaled a new era in relations between the two nations.

4. The Florida Space Coast hosted its first space launch on July 14, 1960, as a Thor-Ablestar rocket lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Since then, the area has become a major hub for space exploration and technology.

5. In 2003, the world's first baby manatee was born in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium on July 14. The calf was named "Jose" in honor of the zoo's chief veterinarian at the time.
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