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5 Fun Facts About July 28 In Florida History

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1. On July 28, 1969, the "Chappaquiddick incident" took place in Massachusetts. Senator Ted Kennedy was driving a car that plunged into the water, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, who was a staff member for Robert Kennedy. The accident occurred during the same week that the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed humans on the moon.

2. On July 28, 1825, Florida Governor William Pope Duval ordered the construction of a lighthouse on Key West. The lighthouse was completed in 1826 and is still standing today, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in the country.

3. In 1982, the Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution acknowledging July 28th as "Warren W. Cason Day" in honor of the former Representative from Clay County who served in the House from 1953 to 1972.

4. On July 28, 1964, NASA successfully launched the Ranger 7 spacecraft, which became the first spacecraft to successfully transmit images of the moon back to Earth. The Ranger 7 mission helped pave the way for the Apollo moon landing missions later in the decade.

5. On July 28, 1948, the United States Air Force established the 482nd Bombardment Group (Tactical) at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The group was tasked with providing close air support for ground troops during military operations, and flew B-26 Invader aircraft during the Korean War.
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