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5 Fun Facts About May 29 In Florida History

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1. On May 29, 1865, the Union Army established a military government in Florida following the end of the Civil War. Florida was under martial law until July 1868, as the state underwent reconstruction.

2. On May 29, 1958, the Miami River was diverted from its natural course to accommodate the growth of the Port of Miami. The river now flows through a man-made canal, providing easier access for ships.

3. In 1985, the Florida Legislature designated May 29 as "Memorial Day" in honor of Floridians who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.

4. On May 29, 2014, Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the youngest player ever to receive the award.

5. In 2018, a massive sinkhole opened up in a shopping plaza in Winter Park, Florida on May 29, swallowing a parked car and causing the evacuation of several businesses. No one was injured, but the sinkhole caused significant damage to the area.
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