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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Florida History

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1. In 1935, the first commercial flight to land in Miami's new airport arrived on July 24. The airport was named the Pan American Field at Dinner Key and was later renamed Miami International Airport.

2. On July 24, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit Florida’s east coast causing significant damage and multiple fatalities. The hurricane had sustained winds of over 100 mph and caused a storm surge of up to 14 feet.

3. In 1969, on July 24, Apollo 11, the spacecraft that landed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a successful mission.

4. On July 24, 1970, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened to the public, connecting St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia, Florida. The bridge spans Tampa Bay and is 4.1 miles in length.

5. On July 24, 1982, Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center opened in Orlando, Florida. The park is dedicated to human achievement, technological innovation, and international culture, highlighting the future and showcasing new and emerging technologies.
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