West Palm Beach in History

Historical Events

  • 1926-09-17 Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 1928-09-16 Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • 1954-08-22 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-01-01 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • 1968-03-31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Palm Beach County Golf Open
  • 1983-10-16 25th Ryder Cup: US, 14½-13½ at PGA National Golf Club (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US)

Sport awardGolf Major

1987-08-09 69th PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots 287 at PGA National Palm Beach

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1990-02-04 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • 1993-02-07 Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic
  • 1994-02-06 Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic
  • 1996-09-23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-06-09 Tennis player Venus Williams causes car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-09-22 Sieto Hoving, actor (Holiday in Havana, Palm Beach Story)
  • 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)
  • 1943-12-12 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1953-06-01 Diana Canova, American actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-05-25 Amy Read, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1969-12-30 Michelle McGann, golfer (1995 Sara Lee Classic), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970-07-05 Doug Bochtler, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-04-30 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1974-08-25 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics-96), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1990-05-03 Brooks Koepka, American PGA golfer (US Open 2017), born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • 2002-08-24 Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004-07-24 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2005-01-22 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model melania knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2005-11-12 Businessman Donald Trump Jr. (27) weds model Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 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

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
  • 2015-11-21 Actress Sofia Vergara (43) weds True Blood star Joe Manganiello (38) in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • 1986-03-07 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81