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5 Fun Facts About October 5 In Florida History

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1. On October 5, 1969, the first episode of "Sesame Street" aired on PBS. The show, created by Jim Henson and his team, revolutionized children's television with its mix of fun and educational content.

2. On October 5, 1999, a record-breaking heatwave hit Florida, with temperatures reaching up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The heatwave lasted for several days, causing power outages and health concerns for Floridians.

3. On October 5, 1985, the Space Shuttle Atlantis made its first flight, launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission, dubbed STS-51-J, carried a crew of five astronauts and lasted for four days.

4. On October 5, 1967, Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden won his first game with the Seminoles. Bowden would go on to become one of the winningest coaches in college football history, with 377 victories to his name.

5. On October 5, 2002, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays played their final game at Tropicana Field. The team had called the stadium home since its inaugural season in 1998, but problems with the facility led to the decision to build a new ballpark in the coming years.
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