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5 Fun Facts About June 9 In Florida History

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1. In 1961, Hurricane Abby made landfall in Florida, causing extensive damage and flooding throughout the state. The hurricane caused over $22 million in damage and claimed several lives.

2. On June 9, 1911, aviation pioneer Anthony Jannus completed the first commercial flight in Florida, flying a biplane from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 23 minutes. The flight would eventually become the first scheduled commercial airline service in the world.

3. In 2016, the Orlando nightclub shooting took place on June 9, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more. The attack was carried out by a lone gunman and was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history until the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

4. On June 9, 1954, the Supreme Court of Florida ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, becoming one of the first states in the South to take a stance against segregation.

5. In 1984, the Miami Heat basketball team was officially announced as an expansion team in the NBA on June 9. The team played their first game in 1988 and have since become a beloved fixture of South Florida sports.
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