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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In Florida History

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1. In 1987, a freighter named the Selendang Ayu sank off the coast of Unalaska Island, Alaska, resulting in an oil spill. The ship had departed from the Port of Tampa and had been carrying soybeans.

2. In 1883, the first train arrived in the town of Everglades City in southwest Florida. The town was once a major hub for the area's fishing and shipping industries.

3. In 2017, a man drove a rented truck into a bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 12. The perpetrator, Sayfullo Saipov, had previously lived in Tampa.

4. In 1982, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar operated by Eastern Air Lines crashed into the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport. All 101 passengers and crew members on board were killed.

5. In 2011, NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory, which included the Curiosity rover. The rover was designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, but its heat shield was manufactured by Lockheed Martin in Florida.
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