Jacksonville in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-02-07 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1901-05-03 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1912-02-08 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Fla
  • 1949-09-15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-03-08 Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1955-03-06 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1956-03-05 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1957-03-03 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1957-09-01 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-03-02 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1958-09-10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-03-08 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1959-06-08 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Fla)
  • 1960-08-09 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-10-31 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-11-12 WJJY (now WJPT) TV channel 14 in Jacksonville, IL (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1970-03-04 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • 1970-03-21 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69
  • 1971-06-16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1975-11-16 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Jacksonville Ladies Golf Open
  • 1982-03-24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • 1984-08-18 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
  • 1994-06-11 Cbox is 39'115 long, 20'85 wide, & 8' high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn
  • 1997-01-12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • 2000-01-23 AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1913-11-20 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1915-09-12 Billy Daniels, singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1923-05-18 Liam Sullivan, Jacksonville Ill, actor (Mapoy-Monroes)
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, 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
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1947-05-11 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1951-09-08 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954-07-22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-08-16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-84), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-05-16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-07-02 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-02-01 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, archer (Olympics-gold-1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1965-10-02 Jill Powell, American actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-01-08 Roger Rowland, Nike golfer (1990 Macon Open-2nd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-06-04 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-08-18 John Jurkovic, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968-03-28 Dennis Postlewait, Jacksonville NC, Nike golfer (1994 Wichita Open)
  • 1969-11-18 Cheryl Bachman, playmate (October, 1991), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-01-22 Bucky Brooks, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-02-27 Rich Tylski, guard/center (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-03-05 Chad Fonville, Jacksonville NC, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1971-04-30 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-05-18 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-06-27 Brant Boyer, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-11-09 David Robert Duval, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-12-16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympics-4th-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-12-31 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973-01-22 Reggie Barlow, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973-06-24 Michael Cheever, corner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974-04-17 James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974-12-11 Kevin Devine, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974-12-26 Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1975-02-12 Seth Payne, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1975-04-26 Jabbar Threats, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1978-12-09 Mandy James, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1980-07-12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida