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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Florida History

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1. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born on June 11, 1896, in Washington D.C. Rawlings is known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Yearling," which was inspired by her experiences living in Cross Creek, Florida. The novel was later adapted into a film.

2. On June 11, 1934, Victor Hugo Green published the first edition of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." The guide helped Black travelers find safe places to stay and eat during the Jim Crow era of segregation. Several Florida establishments were listed in the guide.

3. In 1955, the first McDonald's restaurant in Florida opened on June 11th in Miami. Today, there are over 210 McDonald's locations in the state.

4. On June 11, 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers had ties to Florida, having led voter registration efforts in the state during the early 1960s.

5. The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on June 11, 1993, on mission STS-57. The crew conducted experiments in microgravity and deployed several satellites during their 9-day mission in space.
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