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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Florida History

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1. In 1905, the city of Plant City was incorporated in Hillsborough County, Florida. The town is known as the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World" and hosts an annual Strawberry Festival, attracting visitors from all over.

2. On September 26, 1959, the University of Miami played its first football game at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami. The Hurricanes defeated Florida State University 23-14, starting a legacy of football greatness for the university.

3. In 1996, Hurricane Hortense made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, causing widespread damage and flooding. The storm eventually dissipated over the southeastern United States, leaving behind an estimated $140 million in damages.

4. On September 26, 2012, a manatee was rescued from a storm drain in Jacksonville, Florida. The animal had become trapped and was unable to swim out on its own. It was eventually hoisted out of the drain by a team of rescue workers and returned to the St. Johns River.

5. In 2019, the first commercial spaceport in the United States opened in Florida. The Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville now offers facilities and services for a variety of commercial space flight activities, serving as a hub for private sector space exploration.
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