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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Florida History

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1. In 1528, Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez landed on the west coast of Florida near present-day Tampa Bay.

2. On June 13, 1842, the United States government established the Armed Occupation Act, which granted 160 acres of land to any male citizen who was willing to bear arms and settle on the land in areas east of the Suwanee River that were still occupied by Native Americans.

3. In 1932, the groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Overseas Highway, a roadway that connects the Florida Keys with the mainland. The highway stretches over 100 miles and features 42 bridges.

4. Florida State University was established on June 13, 1851, as the West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee. It was later renamed Florida State College for Women before becoming a coeducational institution and adopting its current name in 1947.

5. On June 13, 2016, a mass shooting occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The tragedy resulted in 49 deaths and 53 injuries, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the time.
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