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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In Florida History

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1. On June 8, 1862, the Battle of Big Bethel took place in Hampton, Virginia during the Civil War. Although not in Florida, this battle is important in Florida history as many Floridians fought in it, including the 2nd Florida Infantry.

2. On June 8, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Shelley v. Kraemer that racial covenants in property deeds were unenforceable. This landmark decision helped pave the way for desegregation and civil rights in Florida and throughout the United States.

3. In 1967, on June 8th, the U.S. Navy's submarine USS Requin arrived in Key West, Florida, where it served as a tourist attraction until 1990. Today, visitors can tour the submarine at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

4. On June 8, 1986, a major fire broke out at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The fire killed 98 people, including several Florida residents who were on vacation.

5. On June 8, 2014, the Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA Championship by defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Heat were led by LeBron James, who won his second straight Finals MVP Award.
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