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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In Florida History

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1. Hurricane season officially begins in Florida on May 31st each year. This is the day when residents of Florida start preparing for possible storms and hurricanes that can hit the state during the next six months.

2. On May 31, 1607, Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed in St. Augustine, Florida, and established the first permanent settlement in what became the United States.

3. On May 31, 1911, the first flight of an airplane took place in Miami, Florida, by pioneer aviator Howard Gill after he arrived with his Curtiss biplane on a steamship.

4. May 31, 1985, saw the completion of the Deltona Corporation's development of Poinciana, a master-planned community located in Osceola and Polk Counties. Poinciana is considered one of the largest and fastest-growing communities in the state.

5. In 1993, on May 31, the original Renaissance Festival of Deerfield Beach closed after a successful 25 years of operation, with thousands of people attending annually. It was a significant event that helped promote tourism and culture in South Florida, and its legacy lives on through similar events held throughout the state.
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