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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In Florida History

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1. On March 23, 1928, the Tamiami Trail, a road connecting Tampa and Miami, was completed after three years of construction. The 275-mile long highway was the first paved road connecting the two major cities and opened up new opportunities for tourism and commerce in Florida.

2. In 1983, the City of Miami Beach was officially incorporated on March 23, after a referendum was passed to consolidate the previously existing four municipalities – North Bay Village, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, and Surfside – into a single city.

3. On March 23, 1994, NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on its STS-62 mission. The 13-day mission was dedicated to studying the Earth's environment and atmosphere, and conducting experiments in microgravity.

4. The University of Central Florida (UCF) was founded on March 23, 1963 by the Florida Legislature as Florida Technological University, with the aim of providing advanced technical education to support the growing aerospace and defense industries in Florida.

5. On March 23, 2010, the Florida Senate approved a bill to remove the state's ban on adoption by homosexuals. The ban had been in place since 1977 and was widely regarded as discriminatory. The decision was a significant step forward in the acceptance of LGBT rights in Florida.
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