Florida in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 184

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1492-10-07 Columbus misses Florida when he changes course

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

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1513-03-27 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1513-04-02 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
  • 1527-05-17 Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
  • 1528-04-15 Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador arrives in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native indians
  • 1528-09-28 Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die

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1539-05-30 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto

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1561-09-23 King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1562-04-30 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1565-08-28 Oldest city in the US established - St Augustine Florida
  • 1565-09-08 1st permanent settlement in US begun at St Augustine, Florida
  • 1566-02-13 St Augustine, Florida, founded
  • 1622-09-06 Spanish silver fleet disappears off Florida Keys; 1,000s die
  • 1702-10-27 British troops plunder St Augustine, Florida
  • 1715-07-29 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane
  • 1715-07-30 Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • 1799-11-12 Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S, from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys
  • 1810-10-26 US annexes western Florida
  • 1810-10-27 US annexes West Florida from Spain
  • 1817-11-20 First Seminole War begins in Florida
  • 1817-11-27 US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War

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1818-05-24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1819-02-22 Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)
  • 1820-10-20 Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million
  • 1821-02-22 Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 1821-07-17 Spain cedes Florida to US
  • 1822-03-30 Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory
  • 1839-02-25 Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
  • 1842-08-14 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 1845-03-03 Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
  • 1861-01-06 Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola
  • 1861-01-07 Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-10 Florida secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-12 Florida state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-14 Fort Pikens, Florida, falls into state hands (US Civil War)
  • 1861-03-08 St Augustine Florida surrenders to Union armies
  • 1861-07-08 Skirmish at Florida, MI - A rebel encampment is attacked & dispersed
  • 1862-03-05 Union troops under brig-gen Wright occupy Fernandina Florida
  • 1863-01-16 -Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • 1864-02-02 -Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • 1864-02-07 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1864-02-20 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • 1864-10-07 Naval Engagement at Bahia Harbor, Brazil - CSS Florida vs USS Wachusett
  • 1865-03-06 Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida
  • 1868-01-20 Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
  • 1868-02-10 Conservatives & military seize Convention Hall in Florida
  • 1870-03-30 Florida territorial government established.
  • 1881-08-27 Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die
  • 1892-02-29 St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
  • 1899-02-13 -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • 1901-05-03 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1921-02-24 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida
  • 1926-09-16 -22] Hurricane in Florida & Alabama, kills 372
  • 1926-09-17 Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 1928-09-12 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • 1928-09-16 Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • 1928-09-17 Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
  • 1931-05-22 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
  • 1931-06-29 109°F (43°C), Monticello, Florida (state record)
  • 1935-09-02 A hurricane slams Florida Keys killing 423
  • 1936-03-08 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1938-06-23 Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium
  • 1938-08-24 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
  • 1942-01-04 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida
  • 1943-12-16 "Tamiami Champion" (New York to Florida) trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
  • 1945-09-15 A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond.
  • 1945-12-05 "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)
  • 1947-12-06 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • 1947-12-14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1948-12-28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1950-09-05 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • 1951-02-25 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • 1954-12-04 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
  • 1956-05-30 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • 1960-08-09 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-03-10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida
  • 1965-09-07 -10] Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Miss & La
  • 1965-09-08 Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida
  • 1965-09-12 Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75
  • 1966-06-14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
  • 1966-09-24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • 1966-11-22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • 1967-06-11 Race riot in Tampa Florida; National Guard mobilizes
  • 1967-07-16 Prison brawl ignites barracks, killing 37 (Jay, Florida)
  • 1968-02-19 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)
  • 1968-08-08 Race riot in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-08-30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • 1969-10-31 Race riot in Jacksonville Florida
  • 1970-01-10 Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open
  • 1970-06-16 Race riots in Miami Florida
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • 1970-11-07 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida
  • 1971-05-27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1971-06-16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-10-01 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • 1972-03-25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
  • 1972-07-10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • 1974-04-01 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • 1974-12-05 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 273

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1460-04-08 Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and the first European to discover Florida, born in Santervás de Campos, Castile, Spain (d. 1521)

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1519-02-15 Pedro Menendez de Aviles, explorer (found St Augustine Florida)

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1871-06-17 James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, leader of the NAACP and Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1885-07-25 Benito Lynch, Irish/Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida)
  • 1892-02-29 Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1899-10-20 Evelyn Brent, actress (Panama Lady, Last Coomand), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1900-03-19 Roy Roberts, actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1909-10-10 Florida Friebus, actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show)
  • 1911-01-07 Butterfly McQueen, [Thelma], actress (Gone With the Wind), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1912-02-16 Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
  • 1915-09-12 Billy Daniels, singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1916-05-14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • 1916-11-20 Judy Canova, comedienne/actress (Cannonball), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1917-03-11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-08 Esther Rolle, Pompano Beach Fla, actress (Florida-Good Times, Maude)
  • 1924-07-19 Pat Hingle [Martin Patterson], American actor (Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1924-10-26 Tom F Lewis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • 1925-12-01 Jordan Klein, cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-04-29 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1926-07-04 Mary Stuart, actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1927-02-20 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1927-08-09 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1928-09-15 Julian E "Cannonball" Adderley, US jazz hard bop musician (Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1929-08-28 Rokie Roker, actress (Helen-Jeffersons), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1929-10-28 1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida
  • 1930-02-16 Ricou Browning, Florida, director/actor (Thunderball)
  • 1930-04-03 Lawton Chiles, (sen/gov-D-Florida, 1971-89/91- )

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1930-05-10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1930-07-16 Michael Bilirakis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • 1931-06-24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1931-07-04 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1933-06-16 Ken Johnson, MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1934-06-01 Pat Boone, Florida, singer/actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade)
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American LPGA golfer, born in Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1935-06-26 Douglas Peterson, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1936-06-30 Nancy Dussault, actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1936-09-05 Alcee Hastings, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1937-06-11 Johnny Brown, comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1938-04-20 Johnny Tillotson, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-07-20 Jo Ann Campbell, Lawrence Welk's champagne lady, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-11-26 Porter J Goss, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1939-03-14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-04-30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-05-01 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-06-24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-08-30 Elizabeth Ashley, [Cole], Ocala Florida, actress (Coma, Evening Shade)
  • 1939-09-02 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939-11-03 Terrence McNally, playwright (Bad Habits), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-11-15 Thalmus Rasulala, [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-12-09 Patrician Stephens Due, Quincy, Florida, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-20 Kathryn Joosten, Eustis, Florida, actress (Desperate Housewives), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-09-21 Bill Kurtis, newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1941-04-16 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1942-05-30 Dan Miller, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-09-17 Samuel T Durrance, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-12-12 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1944-07-12 Bill McCollum, (Rep-R-Florida, 1981- )

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1944-10-04 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1945-07-01 Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1945-08-22 James G Richardson, actor (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1945-10-21 Everett McGill, actor (Jezebel's Kiss, Silver Bullet), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-10-10 Ben Vereen, actor/dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-11-05 Gram Parsons, [Cecil Ingram Connor III], Winter Haven Florida, rocker (Byrds)
  • 1946-11-11 Corrine Brown, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1946-12-10 Walter "Clyde" Orange, Florida, rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot)
  • 1947-09-21 Don Felder, American rocker (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1948-08-17 Bo Rucker, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948-12-31 Joe Dallesandro, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, director/writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-06-21 Jim Bacchus, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1949-08-13 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1949-11-06 Brad Davis, actor (Roots, Chiefs, Midnight Express), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1950-03-13 William H Macy, actor (Homicide, Water Engine), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-08-06 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-10-20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1950-11-30 Kathryn Witt, actress (Lenny, Pam-Flying High), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-07-20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic-gold-1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-08-24 Jimmy Farrar, rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-09-07 Mark R McCumber, PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-07-15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-Florida)

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1953-02-11 [John Ellis] Jeb Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 1953-06-01 Diana Canova, actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1953-06-18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1953-09-21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953-11-01 N Jan Davis, Cocoa Beach Florida, PhD/astronaut (STS 47, 60, 85)
  • 1953-12-08 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-02-11 Catherine Hickland, actress (Capitol, Star Trek IV), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1954-05-10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-06-05 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], Wilton Manors, Florida, American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida)
  • 1954-06-22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)

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1954-07-10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1954-07-22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954-08-13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-11-26 Model Bettie Page (35) weds Armond Walterson in Florida

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

HeartWedding of Interest

1978-07-06 Country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-21 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-03-16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1996-05-27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-07-18 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 2002-08-24 Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004-04-02 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2004-06-06 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • 2004-07-24 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004-12-30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-01-22 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (56) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2005-01-29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-02-14 Retired baseball player Keith Hernandez (51) weds Kai Thompson in Miami Beach, Florida

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 2005-05-27 "Amazing Race 6" winner Kendra Bentley (25) weds Freddy Holliday (34) in Bal Harbour, Florida
  • 2005-11-12 Businessman Donald Trump Jr. (27) weds model Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • 2006-05-28 "Average Joe" actor Adam Mesh (30) weds Jessica Malca in Miami, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-05-18 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida

  • 2007-12-08 Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida
  • 2008-05-31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-06-30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

  • 2010-07-16 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida
  • 2010-12-11 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-12-14 WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan (57) marries 2nd wife Jennifer McDaniel in Clearwater Florida

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 2012-06-30 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2012-07-26 NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-04-27 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-10-12 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida

  • 2013-11-02 'N Sync founding member Chris Kirkpatrick (42) weds his girlfriend Karly Skladany in Orlando, Florida
  • 2014-04-01 Media personality Willard Scott (80) weds Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 2015-11-21 Actress Sofia Vergara (43) weds True Blood star Joe Manganiello (38) in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Deaths

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1521-07-15 Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and the first European to discover Florida, dies at 61

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1923-01-02 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched by KKK
  • 1934-06-10 Frederick Delius, English composer (Suite Florida), dies at 72
  • 1945-10-12 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida
  • 1951-12-25 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • 1988-05-27 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79


1989-01-24 Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1990-08-03 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1990-09-03 David Acer, Florida dentist, dies of AIDs after infecting 5 patients
  • 1993-07-15 Bobby Kent, alleged Florida bully murdered by his friends (b. 1973)
  • 1997-09-30 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • 1998-12-12 Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida and Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  • 2010-08-28 William P. Foster, notable band director and founder of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University