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Americans held their breath in October, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed a naval "quarantine" to stop the Soviet Union from building bases for nuclear weapons in Cuba.
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After the war, Richmond Heights provided housing for vets
The South-Dade community of Richmond Heights was designed and developed by Frank Crawford Martin, a Pan Am pilot. After World War II, segregation and racial discrimination limited housing opportunities for black vets. Crawford, who was white, worked to create a community with quality, affordable housing so that returning black veterans would have a decent place to live.
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Pretty girls brought business to Miami drive-ins of the 1950s
"There seems to be a race going on among Miami drive-in restaurant owners to see who can clothe curvaceous curb cuties in the tightest sweaters and the briefest shorts," The Miami Herald reported in 1952. "Within metropolitan city limits, there are some 150 drive-in hasheries operating throughout the year," reporter Pat Murphy wrote. "Of these roadside restaurants, about seven-eighths of them are known to have curb girls -- 'car hops,' if you please -- sprinting between car and kitchen wearing uniforms with little more fabric than two handkerchiefs."
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Islands in the Florida Keys once bred monkeys for research
Monkeys were bred for research (and to be blasted into space) on islands off the Lower Keys, starting in 1973. But the rhesus monkeys chewed up acres of federally protected mangroves, a habitat for sea life. After years of legal wrangling and a court order, the monkeys were trapped and removed from Key Lois and Raccoon Key.
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Seaboard railroad boomed along with Florida
The Florida East Coast Railway’s tracks couldn’t handle all the business of the boom times of the 1920s in Florida. So the Seaboard Air Line Railway built its extensions down the state from Central Florida, with stations along the way. According to historian Seth Bramson, author of "Speedway to Sunshine: The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway," the fabled all-Pullman sleeping car train, the Orange Blossom Special, made its first journey into Hollywood and Miami on the Seaboard on Jan. 8, 1927. In January of 1963, due to a labor dispute, the Florida East Coast Railway discontinued its passenger train services, leaving Seaboard as the only rail passenger carrier to the lower east coast of the state. On July 1, 1967, the Seaboard Air Line and the Atlantic Coast Line merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad and on May 1, 1971, Amtrak took over almost all American rail passenger service including the Seaboard Coast Line’s trains to Miami.
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Playing cards at Lummus Park, 1980
Sunny days in the 1980s brought the senior citizens who stayed for the season in hotels along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach to Lummus Park. On tables balanced on knees, they'd play cards.
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Lincoln Road, Fifth Avenue of the South
Lincoln Road, stretching from Collins Avenue to Bay Road in Miami Beach, was paved during the 1920s and within a decade the shopping district became known as the Fifth Avenue of the South.
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Bombardier's Belle leant her name to World War II warplane
'Alta Marie's' a Bomber; Original is a Miami Bride, a Miami Herald story announced in 1943. The airman was home on leave to marry the girl. The other Alta Marie was a B-25.
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Crandon Park Zoo's miniature train
Opened in the mid-1950s on Key Biscayne, the Crandon Park Zoo was Miami-Dade's only zoo. The area near the zoo offered the beach, a roller rink, a train ride and a carousel. The Crandon Zoo remained open until 1980 when construction was completed on Metrozoo.
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File photo could provide clue to Amelia Earhart's fate
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).