Tampa in History

Historical Events

  • 0604-12-25 Battle at Etampes (Stampae): Burgundy beat Neustriers
  • 1559-09-19 Five Spanish ships sink in storm off Tampa, about 600 die
  • 1914-01-01 1st scheduled airline flight, St Petersburg-Tampa (Tony Jannus pilot)
  • 1914-03-22 The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline
  • 1937-01-25 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
  • 1953-05-31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1955-02-14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • 1955-04-01 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-10-27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-07-17 WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (ABC) begins
  • 1966-09-12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1967-06-11 Race riot in Tampa Florida; National Guard mobilizes
  • 1968-11-04 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969-02-11 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ

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1969-11-15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Fla

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1980-01-28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1981-09-07 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • 1984-01-22 Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • 1988-11-20 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • 1990-03-18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • 1991-01-27 Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB ("Wide Right"
  • 1991-12-20 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators
  • 1995-02-01 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • 1995-05-28 Southwestern Florida outside of Tampa begins using new area code 941
  • 1995-09-10 Browns & Indians, play simultaneous regular season games in Cleve for only time, Browns 22-6 over Tampa, Indians 5-3 over Orioles
  • 1999-01-24 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida

Famous Birthdays

  • 1888-09-01 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician (d. 1958)
  • 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
  • 1911-01-07 Butterfly McQueen, [Thelma], actress (Gone With the Wind), born in Tampa, Florida

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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
  • 1948-08-17 Bo Rucker, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1959-04-06 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • 1959-12-08 Mark Dickson, tennis star, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-10-31 Fred McGriff, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1964-11-16 Dwight Gooden, pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967-09-03 Luis Gonzalez, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967-12-07 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-11-18 Gary Sheffield, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-12-11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-03-02 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-06-03 Carl Everett, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1972-05-21 Alesha Oreskovich, playmate (Jun, 1993), born in Tampa, Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • 1958-06-26 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)