Florida in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 184 of 184

  • 1975-07-01 WEDway People Mover opens in Tomorrowland, Disney World, Florida
  • 1975-07-14 EPCOT Center (Florida) plans announced
  • 1976-05-01 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1977-01-19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1978-07-13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • 1979-04-22 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament
  • 1979-08-30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep
  • 1980-01-28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1980-03-01 Snow falls in Florida
  • 1980-04-14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
  • 1980-04-20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • 1980-05-17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • 1981-04-19 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
  • 1982-01-13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • 1982-04-23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • 1982-10-01 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando Florida

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1983-03-08 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1983-12-25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • 1985-01-22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • 1985-07-03 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
  • 1986-01-10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • 1986-05-25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • 1988-05-03 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • 1988-05-19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • 1988-07-08 Miami Arena, opens in Miami, Florida
  • 1989-01-29 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1989-03-21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • 1989-05-04 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • 1990-06-22 Florida passes a law which prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit
  • 1990-07-03 Members of 2 Live Crew formally charged with obscenity in Florida
  • 1990-08-26 2 murdered college students found in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1990-09-15 Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000
  • 1990-10-03 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records
  • 1990-10-20 3 members of 2 Live Crew acquitted on obsenity charges in Florida
  • 1991-06-10 South Florida & Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • 1991-07-05 Lillian Cucuzza wins name Florida baseball team contest (Marlins)
  • 1991-07-26 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater

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1991-08-01 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 1992-03-03 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)
  • 1992-04-09 Florida drops rape charges against NY Mets Gooden, Boston & Coleman
  • 1992-07-18 Sharon Belden, of Florida, 25, crowned Miss World USA
  • 1992-08-24 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die
  • 1992-09-20 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
  • 1993-11-15 13 Cuban refugees land in Florida after stealing a crop-duster in Cuba.
  • 1993-12-11 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • 1994-04-20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • 1995-05-28 Southwestern Florida outside of Tampa begins using new area code 941
  • 1996-03-22 Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • 1996-06-01 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Florida Panthers beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 3
  • 1996-06-10 Stanley Cup: Colo Avalanche sweep Florida Panthers in 4 games
  • 1996-12-14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • 1997-05-12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-12-12 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin

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1998-01-15 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1998-01-29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1998-02-03 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • 1998-02-23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
  • 1998-04-22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1998-05-21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
  • 1999-01-24 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida
  • 1999-07-08 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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1999-10-22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1999-11-22 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, and his mother are sighted off of Florida's coast by U.S. Coast Guard
  • 2000-04-03 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida 89-76
  • 2000-04-22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • 2000-12-11 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)
  • 2003-02-02 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
  • 2004-08-13 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2005-07-10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.
  • 2005-08-29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • 2006-04-03 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • 2007-04-02 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
  • 2007-12-08 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • 2010-05-29 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • 2011-10-15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012-11-10 The final US presidential election results are declared after Barack Obama wins Florida to defeat Mitt Romney 332-206 in Electoral College votes

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • 2013-01-04 3 people are killed after a Beechcraft BE35 crashes into a house in Florida
  • 2013-12-16 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)
  • 2014-09-18 8 people (including 2 children) are shot dead in Bell, Florida
  • 2015-04-30 2015 NFL Draft: Jameis Winston from Florida State first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2015-06-15 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 2016-03-09 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • 2016-03-10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2016-06-12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 286

  • 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
  • 1954-09-08 Mark Foley, American politician (R) (US Rep Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandel
  • 1954-10-30 JoAnne Russell, tennis player (Wimbledon Double 1977), born in Miami, Florida

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1954-12-21 [Christine] Chris Evert, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955-05-21 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-05-31 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-01-27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1956-02-11 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1956-07-24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • 1956-07-30 Delta Burke, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1956-08-08 Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach (Rhein Fire)
  • 1956-08-16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-10-23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957-03-11 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1957-04-01 Peter Deutsch, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1957-10-04 Christina Smith, playmate (Mar, 1978), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-06-26 Glen Stewart Godwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-07-03 Aaron Tippin, singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958-11-23 David Wallace, actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-84), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-04-02 Dean Townson, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, 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
  • 1959-08-02 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-09-04 William Kennedy Smith, Kennedy accused of rape in Florida (1991)

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1959-09-16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1959-10-20 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1959-12-08 Mark Dickson, tennis star, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1960-05-17 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-07-03 Jack Daugherty, baseball player, born in Hialeah, Florida.
  • 1960-07-07 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-11-01 Damon Green, Nike golfer (1990 Pensacola Open-49th), born in Pensacola, Florida

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1960-11-29 Howard Johnson, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
  • 1960-12-28 Terri Garber, actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1961-02-01 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-04-18 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • 1961-08-15 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-09-22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-04-16 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, archer (Olympics-gold-1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-07-31 Wesley Snipes, Orlando Florida, actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy)
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-10-30 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962-11-14 Morgan Reeser, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-01-13 Felita Carr, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-02-06 Mike Hough, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-02-09 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-03-01 Magnus Svensson, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-06-02 Jay B Cooper, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Jamaica), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963-06-25 Mike Stanley, catcher (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-07-09 Pamela Annette Sanders, playmate (November, 1985), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-07-31 Brian Skrudland, Peace River, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963-09-04 Donna Wilkins, LPGA golfer (1987 S&H Golf Classic-5th), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-09-04 John Vanbiesbrouck, NHL goalie (Team USA, Florida), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963-10-31 Fred McGriff, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-11-08 Dwight Smith, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1964-01-27 Woody Austin, PGA golfer (1995 Buick Open), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1964-04-07 Joe Durant, Nike golfer (1992 Boise Open-7th), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1964-09-04 Guy Donald Boros, PGA golfer (1994 Deposit Guaranty-3rd), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1964-10-28 Lenny Harris, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1964-11-16 Dwight Gooden, pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1965-01-11 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965-01-14 Dave Lowry, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1965-06-30 Mitch Richmond, NBA guard (Sac Kings, Oly-g-88, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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1965-08-06 David Robinson, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs, Olympic-gold-92), born in Key West, Florida

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1965-10-02 Jill Powell, actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1966-03-07 Terry Carkner, Smiths Falls, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1966-05-27 Ray Sheppard, Pembroke, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1966-06-11 Scott Mellanby, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966-06-14 Traylor Howard, actress (Joy Byrnes-Boston Common), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966-08-02 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], Melbourne, Florida, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year)
  • 1966-09-04 Jearl A Miles, 400m/long jumper (Olympics-gold-96), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1966-10-18 Alan Mills, Lakeland Florida, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1966-11-25 Mark Whiten, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, NY Yankees), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1967-01-08 Roger Rowland, Nike golfer (1990 Macon Open-2nd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-02-23 Gord Murphy, Willowdale, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1967-03-20 Dana Rinehart Dalton, Orlando Florida, Miss Florida-America (1991)
  • 1967-06-04 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida

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1967-08-09 Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1967-09-03 Luis Gonzalez, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida

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1967-10-31 Vanilla Ice, American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 1967-12-07 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-03-21 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968-08-28 Tom Fitzgerald, Melrose, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths