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Noteworthy images from the history of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
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North Dade family farm clung to its roots in 1976
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.
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1964: The Beatles fly into Miami and set off a teen-age riot
"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.
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The Post Office in South Florida
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.
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Bay of Pigs invaders returned to Miami, Christmas, 1962
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."
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October 25, 1983, the U.S. invades Grenada
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.
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Blue Marlin Fisheries, 1983
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.
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1985: Prisoner hijacks American Airlines flight to Cuba
Mass murderer Ishmael Ali LaBeet hijacked an American Airlines flight to Cuba on the eve of New Year's Day 1985.
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1993 escape to Guantanamo in homemade boat
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.
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Famous front pages and great events
Famous news events as seen on the front page of The Miami Herald.