In 1930, mechanic Bill France took a break from his drive from Washington, DC to Miami in Daytona Beach, and never left. He opened a car repair shop and spent his spare time modifying cars to make them faster. By the mid-1930s, drivers were setting land speed records on the hard-packed sand of Daytona, and Bill -- who was competing in these races on the beach -- was tapped to begin promoting them as spectator events. After turning some tidy profits, he began promoting races in the Carolinas. In 1947 he held a meeting at the Ebony Bar at the Streamline Hotel, where the foundation for a national series of races was mapped out. It would be known as the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing. Or, for short, NASCAR.
You know that part of the Miranda rights where they say “if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you?” Thanks, Florida! Or more specifically, thanks Clarence Earl Gideon! A drifter and career petty criminal, Gideon, upon his arrest in Panama City for robbing a jukebox, asked the judge to appoint him an attorney. But at the time only people facing capital offenses could obtain court-appointed attorneys, and Gideon was convicted. As luck would have it, his cellmate at Raiford prison was a corrupt ex-judge named Joseph Peel, who helped Gideon craft his appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled that anyone in the U.S. charged with a felony had a right to an attorney, setting a huge legal precedent and ultimately leading to Gideon's acquittal.