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File photo could provide clue to Amelia Earhart's fate

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  • A photograph from the Miami Herald archives might help solve one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries — what happened to famed female aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared without a trace on a round-the-world flight in 1937. Using computer enhancement of the photo, snapped moments before Earhart’s plane took off from Miami on her fateful trip, investigators say they have matched a chunk of airplane wreckage found on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro to a repaired panel seen on the fuselage of her aircraft. “As far as we’re concerned, we’ve got a piece of Amelia Earhart’s plane,” said Ric Gillespie, executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).
  • 12/3/2014
  • Album ID: 1876317

Miami Beach Fire Department

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  • Noteworthy images from the history of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
  • 10/29/2014
  • Album ID: 1863420

North Dade family farm clung to its roots in 1976

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  • 1976: Nestled in the thick, black-soil-nurtured vegetation between the Palmetto Expressway and Highway 27 in North Dade is the Thirion Farm, one of two remaining family-run vegetable farms in the area.
  • 3/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1782005

1964: The Beatles fly into Miami and set off a teen-age riot

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  • "Outshrieking a jet, Miami teenagers smashed a plate glass door, broke 23 jalousies and tore up 12 chairs at Miami International Airport to greet England's cultural gift to America, the Beatles," wrote Herald reporters Gene Miller and Stuart Auerbach. "The Beatles escaped unsquashed." The quartet was in town to do an Ed Sullivan TV show live from the Deauville Hotel on Miami Beach. The Herald sent four staff members dressed as Beatles to the airport posing as the Fab Four.
  • 12/21/2013
  • Album ID: 1745845

The Post Office in South Florida

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  • Before the Internet and Facebook it was hard to overestimate the importance of a letter from a loved one or a package at Christmas, delivered by the Post Office. Few people had more status in the neighborhood that the mail carrier.
  • 12/17/2013
  • Album ID: 1744383

Bay of Pigs invaders returned to Miami, Christmas, 1962

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  • In the days before Christmas1962, wrote Miami Herald reporter Luisa Yanez, "1,113 Bay of Pigs fighters captured by Fidel Castro's forces and imprisoned for 20 months were finally released to a heroes' welcome in Miami. The first planeload of POWs arrived at Homestead Air Force Base on Dec. 23, 1962. Gaunt and feeling betrayed by the John F. Kennedy administration, members of the proud Brigade 2506 were bused to Dinner Key Auditorium, where waiting relatives engulfed them with hugs at a massive reunion that made front-page news. Five days later, JFK and his wife Jackie would be at the Orange Bowl to welcome them, too."
  • 11/27/2013
  • Album ID: 1736687

October 25, 1983, the U.S. invades Grenada

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  • At 5 a.m. on October 25, 1983, armed forces of the United States and allied nations invaded the Caribbean island nation of Grenada to displace Cuban forces there. International reaction was unfavorable and press coverage at the time left the impression that the invasion force met unexpected resistance, leading to confusion and unnecessary casualties on all sides. Today October 25 is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in Grenada to commemorate the invasion.
  • 10/24/2013
  • Album ID: 1722466

Blue Marlin Fisheries, 1983

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  • Blue Marlin Fisheries was a docking and socializing spot on the banks of the Oleta River for four and a half decades before it was threatened by the widening of the Sunny Isles Causeway.
  • 7/30/2013
  • Album ID: 1686717

1985: Prisoner hijacks American Airlines flight to Cuba

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  • Mass murderer Ishmael Ali LaBeet hijacked an American Airlines flight to Cuba on the eve of New Year's Day 1985.
  • 7/30/2013
  • Album ID: 1686220

1993 escape to Guantanamo in homemade boat

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  • It wouldn't pass Coast Guard inspection, but a boat made from a water tank and powered by a '57 Chevy engine was good enough to get 29 fleeing Cubans and their dog safely past communist patrols and into the U.S. Guantanamo Navy Base in 1993.
  • 6/19/2013
  • Album ID: 1671414
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