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5 Fun Facts About June 18 In Florida History

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1. In 1983, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay was reopened after being rebuilt following a fatal accident in 1980. This iconic bridge is now one of the most photographed landmarks in the state of Florida.

2. On June 18, 1947, William "Dummy" Hoy, an American baseball player who was deaf and pioneered hand signals for balls and strikes, passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida. His legacy lives on in the modern hand signals used by umpires in baseball games.

3. In 1988, the USS Kirk, a US Navy frigate, arrived in Panama City, Florida to be decommissioned after serving in the Vietnam War and various other conflicts. The ship now serves as a floating museum in Taiwan.

4. On June 18, 2013, Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall on the Big Bend region of Florida, causing flooding and power outages in various cities along the Gulf Coast. Despite being the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, Andrea caused minimal damage.

5. In 1961, the Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit against the state, challenging a law that allowed school segregation. This case, known as the "Dove v. Parham" lawsuit, eventually resulted in the desegregation of Florida's public schools.
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