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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Florida History

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1. In 1925, the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, was destroyed by fire. The hotel had been a popular destination for wealthy tourists and celebrities since it opened in 1894.

2. On November 28, 1967, a NASA pilot named Michael J. Adams died in a crash while testing the X-15 rocket plane at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Adams was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and had previously flown combat missions in the Korean War.

3. In 1987, a wildfire broke out in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a protected area of the Everglades in southern Florida. The blaze burned nearly 24,000 acres of land before it was finally contained the following month.

4. On November 28, 2012, the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) won a Pulitzer Prize for its investigative series on the Pinellas County School District. The series revealed how the district had manipulated student data to improve graduation rates and secure state funding.

5. In 1939, the Fort Pierce Municipal Airport (now known as Treasure Coast International Airport) opened in St. Lucie County. The airport played a vital role in training US Army Air Corps pilots during World War II and continues to serve as an important transportation hub for the region.
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