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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Florida History

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1. On July 6, 1919, the Florida State Board of Health reported the state's first recorded case of polio.

2. The SS Gulfamerica, a freighter carrying a load of benzene, exploded off the coast of Tampa on July 6, 1956, causing a fire that burned for over a day and killing 5 crew members.

3. On July 6, 1961, the Kennedy Space Center welcomed its first visitor, astronaut Alan Shepard, who was preparing for his historic flight on the Freedom 7 spacecraft.

4. In 1983, the Governor of Florida, Bob Graham, signed a bill designating July 6 as the "Florida Keys Day," in honor of the chain of islands that stretches south from the Florida mainland.

5. On July 6, 2019, residents of South Florida woke up to an invasion of giant African land snails, which can eat through stucco and cause structural damage to homes and buildings.
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