5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 20, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

(1) Robert Henry execution

The State of Florida is set to execute Robert Henry on Thursday night.

A jury found Henry guilty of killing Phyllis Harris and Janet Thermidor in Broward County in November 1987.

Prosecutors say Henry worked with his victims at a fabric store and falsely claimed to Harris the store was being robbed. He then blindfolded Henry took her to the men's restroom.

Officials say Henry then went to the store's office and attacked Thermidor with a hammer before dousing her with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire. Henry then returned to the bathroom where he attacked and set Harris on fire.

Harris died at the scene, Thermidor the next morning at a local hospital.

The execution is set to be carried out at 6:00 p.m. at the Florida State Prison near Starke.

(2) U.S. Thunderbirds arrive in Tampa

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds precision air squadron are set to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Thursday.

The Thunderbirds will be the featured performers at this weekend's Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill.

Today's arrival is scheduled to occur at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be given the opportunity to fly with the Thunderbirds today.

"It is such an honor to be invited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Jackson. "I am very excited to see the skill of the pilots and experience the power of the Thunderbirds."

Jackson is the son of military parents and was recognized as the 2013 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Man of the Year in part for his advocacy of military members and their families.

The Thunderbirds fly in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The compact, multi-role fighter aircraft is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attacks.

To find the AirFest full agenda, visit www.macdill.af.mil/airfest/scheduleofevents.asp .

(3) Florida Gators vs. Albany Great Danes

The Florida Gators (32-2, 18-0) will begin their quest to win the school's third NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on Thursday.

The number one seeded Gators will play against the sixteenth seeded Albany Great Danes at the Amway Center in Orlando. The opening tip off is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.

This year's Florida team is first team ever to run through the SEC regular season and tournament undefeated. Many experts are picking the gators to win the National Championship.

Florida only lost twice all season: November 17 against Wisconsin and December 2 at Connecticut.

The Gators are led by senior forward Casey Prather who leads the team with 14.3 points per game.

Albany only made the NCAA tournament after defeating the number one and two seeded teams during the American East tournament. The Great Danes (18-14, 9-7) barely finished the season about .500 in their own league.

The game is scheduled to be aired on TBS.

(4) Miley Cyrus plays the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz Tour to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night.

The tour is supporting the Bangerz album, which debuted at number on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.

Its first two singles, Wrecking Ball and We Can't Sold both over over four million copies in the U.S. alone. Wrecking Ball became Cyrus' first #1 hit song.

The Tampa Bay Times Forum will not be offering a free holding area for parents of children who are attending tonight's concert. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Cyrus will take her Bangerz Tour to Orlando's Amway Center on Monday, March 24.

For more information about tonight's concert, call (813) 301-6500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com .
 
To learn more about Miley Cyrus, visit her official website at www.mileycyrus.com .

(5) First day of spring

Spring officially began at vernal equinox which occurred at 12:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The vernal equinox occurs when the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. It is also the day when the length of a day and night are the same.

After the vernal equinox, the days will become longer in the northern hemisphere as the sun appears higher in the sky.

The lengthening of days will continue until the Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, when the sun rises at its furthest point north in the eastern sky.

For more information about the equinox, visit the U.S. Naval Observatory website at aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/equinoxes.php .

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