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5 Fun Facts About October 28 In Florida History

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1. Hurricane Wilma: On October 28, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Naples, Florida, as a Category 3 hurricane. It caused extensive damage to the state and was responsible for 23 deaths.

2. First Female Supreme Court Justice: On October 28, 1980, Rosemary Barkett became the first woman appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. She served on the court for 20 years, making her one of the longest-serving justices.

3. First Commercial Space Launch: On October 28, 2021, SpaceX launched its first commercial mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. The mission was to deploy 60 Starlink internet satellites into low Earth orbit.

4. Florida Statehood: Florida became the 27th state in the United States of America on March 3, 1845, but it was not until October 28 of that year that it was officially declared a state.

5. Disney-MGM Studios: On October 28, 1989, Disney-MGM Studios opened in Orlando, Florida. The park was designed to give guests a behind-the-scenes look at movie production and featured attractions based on classic Hollywood films, such as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! and Star Tours. The park was later rebranded as Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2008.
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