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5 Fun Facts About May 17 In Florida History

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1. In 1865, Florida's governor issued a proclamation recognizing May 17 as "Emancipation Day," recognizing the abolition of slavery in the state. This was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln.

2. On May 17, 1960, the first Cuban refugees arrived in Florida following the revolution led by Fidel Castro. Over the next few years, hundreds of thousands of Cubans would flee to Florida, particularly to Miami and surrounding areas, forming a vibrant and influential community.

3. In 2015, May 17 was declared "World Baking Day" by the National Day Calendar, celebrating the joys of homemade baked goods. Florida boasts many popular bakeries, such as the famous Publix bakery chain, which began in the state in 1930.

4. On May 17, 2018, the city of Tallahassee, Florida hosted the grand opening of Cascades Park, a massive new public space featuring playgrounds, walking trails, a performance amphitheater, and more. The park has quickly become a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

5. On May 17, 2019, the state of Florida declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Michael approached, threatening to bring devastating winds and flooding. The hurricane ultimately made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, causing billions of dollars in damage and claiming dozens of lives.
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