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5 Fun Facts About June 7 In Florida History

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1. Discovery of Florida's Oldest Human Remains: On June 7, 1982, excavations led by archaeologist Barbara Purdy at Windover Archaeological Site in Brevard County, Florida uncovered 168 well-preserved and almost-complete sets of human remains. These remains dated back to approximately 8,000 years ago, making them the oldest known human remains ever found in Florida.

2. Hurricane Alma hits Florida: In 1966, Hurricane Alma made landfall in Northwest Florida, causing $10 million in damages and claiming five lives. Alma is notable as the earliest known hurricane to make landfall in the United States.

3. Marjory Stoneman Douglas dies: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a prominent activist and environmentalist who fought to preserve the Florida Everglades, died on June 7, 1998, at the age of 108. Douglas's work has had a lasting impact on environmental policy in Florida - she was instrumental in the establishment of Everglades National Park and the creation of a state agency to enforce environmental laws.

4. First Grand Prix race held in Miami: On June 7, 1985, the Miami Grand Prix - the first ever Formula One race held in Miami - took place at the downtown port area. The race was won by Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet in his Brabham-BMW.

5. Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride opens: June 7, 1973 saw the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The ride takes guests on a journey through a pirate-infested Caribbean island, complete with animatronic pirates, treasure, and a full-scale pirate ship battle.
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