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5 Fun Facts About September 12 In Florida History

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1. On September 12, 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall in the Florida Keys. It became one of the strongest storms on record, with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, causing significant damage.

2. In 1992, on September 12, Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida. With winds of 165 miles per hour, it is one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history, causing over $25 billion in damage and claiming 44 lives.

3. On September 12, 1822, the first public school in Florida opened its doors in St. Augustine. The school was established by the Spanish and taught children of all races and backgrounds.

4. In 1913, the Florida State Fair Association was organized on September 12. The first Florida State Fair was held in Tampa in 1904, and the fair continues to be held annually, attracting visitors from all over the state.

5. On September 12, 2007, the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was originally constructed by the American Bridge Company, which was founded and based in Ambridge, Florida.
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