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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In Florida History

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1. In 1908, the Old Tampa Bay Hotel hosted a reception for the famous African-American educator, Booker T. Washington. This event marked a significant moment in Florida's history as it was one of the first times a black person was welcomed into the hotel during segregation.

2. On October 18, 1951, Hurricane Easy hit South Florida. With winds up to 100 miles per hour, the storm caused extensive damage, including power outages and flooding, and resulted in the deaths of 15 people.

3. On this day in 1969, the Apollo 12 mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The mission was the second manned mission to land on the moon and lasted for 10 days.

4. In 1977, the Anita Bryant-led "Save Our Children" campaign achieved a victory when the city of Miami repealed a gay rights ordinance. The repeal sparked national debate and protests about LGBTQ rights and discrimination.

5. On October 18, 2017, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring many others. The tragedy spurred widespread calls for gun control legislation and sparked a nationwide movement of student-led activism centered on school safety.
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