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5 Fun Facts About May 23 In Florida History

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1. In 1639, the Spanish governor of Florida, Don Benito de Acevedo, began construction on Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. The fort still stands today as the oldest masonry fort in the United States.

2. On May 23, 1901, the first public library in Miami was opened in a rented room in the Burdine's Building. It was the result of the efforts of the Miami Woman's Club, which raised funds and donated books.

3. In 1934, Aviator Wiley Post and his navigator/cameraman Will Rogers departed from the Miami International Airport on a sightseeing tour of Alaska. Tragically, their plane crashed in Alaska two days later, killing both men.

4. On May 23, 1957, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale opened to the public. The estate was built in 1920 by artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn, and is now open for tours and events.

5. In 2013, the Brevard County School Board voted to allow teachers to carry guns on campus. The decision was controversial, with some parents and teachers arguing it would make schools less safe.
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