1. In 1821, Florida officially became a territory of the United States under the Adams-Onis Treaty, which transferred the land from Spain to the U.S. This marked a significant moment in Florida's history and set the stage for its eventual statehood.
2. On September 21, 1935, one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history struck the Florida Keys. Known as the Labor Day Hurricane, the storm killed more than 400 people and caused widespread devastation. The hurricane led to significant changes in the way authorities prepared for and responded to natural disasters.
3. In 1970, the University of Central Florida (UCF) opened its doors to students for the first time. Located in Orlando, UCF has grown to become one of the largest universities in the country and a major economic driver for the state.
4. On September 21, 1999, Hurricane Floyd made landfall in Florida, causing significant damage and flooding throughout the state. Despite widespread evacuations and preparations, the storm caused an estimated $3.6 billion in damage and claimed the lives of nine people.
5. In 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall in Florida, causing significant damage and power outages. The storm was part of a record-breaking hurricane season and highlighted the need for improved preparedness and response in the face of natural disasters.
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