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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Florida History

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1. In 1939, Key West was hit by a hurricane with winds reaching up to 200 miles per hour. This storm caused significant damage to the island and surrounding areas. The hurricane also prompted the creation of the Weather Bureau and led to improved hurricane forecasting.

2. On October 10, 1968, NASA launched the Apollo 7 mission from Cape Canaveral, marking the first manned Apollo mission. The mission was a success and paved the way for future lunar missions, including the famed Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

3. In 1977, serial killer Ted Bundy was captured in Pensacola after a traffic stop. Bundy had been on the run for several months and was added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was eventually executed in 1989 for his crimes.

4. On October 10, 1984, President Ronald Reagan visited the state of Florida and spoke at the dedication of the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. Reagan praised the efforts of the space program and spoke about the importance of continued space exploration.

5. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida, causing widespread destruction and power outages across the state. The hurricane was the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin and resulted in the deaths of 23 people in Florida.
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