1960's

Gambling, bookies and bolita

Legal and illegal gambling has long been a part of Florida.

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Richmond Blimp Base

In 1942, with German U-boats sinking ships just off Florida’s coast, the U.S. Navy built Richmond Naval Air Station.

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Pioneer City: A western-themed amusement park in Broward

Pioneer City was a western-themed amusement park in western Broward County that opened in 1966 and closed less than two years later.

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Polio Vaccine reaches Miami

In the 1950s, after Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio, citizens in Miami and across the nation lined up for shots to prevent the feared disease, which paralyzed thousands of children each year, killing some.

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Sounds of the ’60s: Miami music festivals

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Post Offices

Mail service in Southeast Florida goes back to the legendary “barefoot mailmen” of the late 19th century, who delivered mail between Lake Worth in Palm Beach County to Biscayne Bay.

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JFK in Miami, 1963

Days before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy visited Miami for a key foreign policy speech and to meet with local politicians.

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Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy

A teen violin prodigy and champion surfer, Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy seemed to be destined for folklore when he and two accomplices stole the Star of India sapphire and the 100-carat Delong ruby from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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