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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In Florida History

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1. On March 24, 1960, Elvis Presley began filming "G.I. Blues" in Florida. The movie, set in West Germany, was filmed at various locations in Florida, including the former Ray Parker Jr. Army Reserve Center in West Palm Beach.

2. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Seven Years' War and giving Britain control of Florida. The treaty was signed on March 24, but it took several weeks for news to reach the colonies.

3. On March 24, 1980, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay collapsed, killing 35 people. The cause of the collapse was a cargo ship collision during a severe thunderstorm.

4. In 1926, the town of Tarpon Springs was hit by a tornado on March 24, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. The tornado was part of a larger storm system that affected much of the eastern United States.

5. In 1900, the Florida East Coast Railway was completed, connecting Miami with Jacksonville. The railway was built by Henry Flagler, who also developed many of the towns along the route, including Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, and St. Augustine.
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