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Fun Facts

  • Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg's downtown yacht basin to Tampa.
  • The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.

Famous Floridians

  • Jim Morrison - Famous rock singer and leader of The Doors; born in Melbourne. The Doors emerged amid the turbulence of the late Sixties with music that was as intense and complex as the times that spawned them. They derived their name from references to "the doors of perception" in works by William Blake and Aldous Huxley.
  • Wallace Amos - Founder of Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Corporation; born in Tallahassee.
  • Jacqueline Cochran - Pilot who organized women pilots during World War II; born in Pensacola.
  • Gloria Estefan - Cuban singer and songwriter; raised in Miami.
  • Steve "Lefty" Carlton - Baseball player, born in Miami.
  • Osceola - Seminole Indian leader.
  • Fernando Bujones - Praised as one of the finest male ballet dancers of the 20th century; born in Miami.
  • Harry T. Moore - 1930-40's Civil Rights worker.
  • Burt Reynolds - Actor made famous in films like Hustle and Smokey and the Bandit; owns ranch in Jupiter.
  • Charles Ringling and John Ringling - Co-founders of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, were born in the late 1800s.
  • Sidney Poitier - First African-American actor to win an Oscar, which he won for the movie "Lilies of the Fields;" Born in Miami.
  • A. Philip Randolph - Labor leader; born in Crescent City.
  • Janet Reno - First woman Attorney General of the United States of America; born in Miami.
  • David Robinson - Basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs; born in Key West.

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