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5 Fun Facts About May 26 In Florida History

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1. In 1909, the first aviation record in Florida was set on May 26th by aviator Glenn Curtiss, who flew his plane from Tampa to St. Petersburg in 23 minutes, marking the first successful commercial flight in the United States.

2. On May 26, 1941, Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau Hotel opened its doors for the first time. Over the years, the hotel has hosted countless celebrities, politicians, and even served as the backdrop for several Hollywood films.

3. In 1972, on May 26th, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was ratified by the Florida legislature, making it the second state to do so. The ERA proposed to grant equal rights to all citizens, regardless of gender, but ultimately failed to pass on a national level.

4. On May 26, 1987, the City of Tampa unveiled its signature landmark, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, after a devastating collapse of the original bridge in 1980. The new bridge, which spans Tampa Bay, is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world.

5. May 26, 2019, marked the first time in Florida history that a same-sex couple was legally married at the Kennedy Space Center. The couple, who worked for NASA, exchanged vows under a Saturn V rocket on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission. The ceremony was a historic moment for the space center and the LGBTQ+ community alike.
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