• Hurricane Andrew

    On August 24th, 1992, a category 5 chainsaw called Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of ruin like no storm before it.

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Hurricane Andrew

On August 24th, 1992, a category 5 chainsaw called Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of ruin like no storm before it.More than 28,000 homes were destroyed, 107,000 damaged — a toll that made it the nation’s costliest natural catastrophe until Katrina in 2005. Fifteen people were killed in Miami-Dade alone. Dozens more died in exhausting […]

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is 1.5 million acres of preserved Florida wetlands closed off to development but open to curious visitors. The park holds hundreds of species of wading birds, and is home to both the American crocodile and alligator. It was established as a protected national park Dec. 6, 1947.

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Alfred Hitchcock visits Miami, 1958

We were there….with Hitchcock By CARY WETTERAU Miami Herald Staff Writer Egg-shaped and affable Alfred Hitchcock, genius of the spine-chilling thrill; and his British wife Alma are in Miami for the first time since 1939. The film and TV producer-director arrived Friday for a weekend at the Carillon Hotel. (Then they go to New York […]

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The abduction of Adam Walsh

On July 27, 1981, Adam Walsh, 6, played a video game at the Hollywood Sears store while his mother shopped in another department. He disappeared. Two weeks later, his severed head was found 100 miles away. The boy’s grieving parents were instrumental in establishing the Adam Walsh Child Research Center, which helps find missing children […]

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Moon Landing, 1969

1969 marked the most monumental science and technology project in history – a bold crusade inspired by President Kennedy, fueled by $25 billion and joined by 390,000 American workers – climaxed with the first landing on the moon. The Miami Herald, in anticipation of this historic moment, ran a special section detailing every aspect of […]

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Watergate and the Miami connection

On the night of June 17, five men wearing rubber gloves, their pockets packed with $100 bills collected by President Nixon’s reelection committee, were caught rifling Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate office complex. Four of the five men were from Miami.  For the next 783 days, until Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, one […]

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Key Biscayne: Island retreat transformed by bridge

Key Biscayne, once home to tree snails, Tequesta Indians, pirates, seafarers and coconut plantations, has come a long way in a short time since a causeway linked island to mainland on Nov. 9, 1947. Some of the first settlers on the island started arriving in 1842 and began clearing the land and building wooden homes. […]

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Nelson Mandela visits Miami, 1990

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was expected to visit Miami in June 1990, four months after being released from a South African prison. Miami made plans for a proclamation and a key to the city, but after Mandela acknowledged support for Fidel Castro, Moammar Gadhafi and Yasser Arafat during a TV interview, commissioners rescinded the official […]

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Read it like a native: 20 books about Florida

In 1568, Brother Francisco Villareal, a Jesuit missionary to the Tequesta settlement on the Miami River, penned what is perhaps the first postcard from South Florida: “I and the others have constantly remained healthy, glory be to God, which helps us endure with little difficulty some of the burdens of the land that otherwise would […]

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