Florida in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 255

Historic Event

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

Historic Expedition

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

  • 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
  • 1528-09-22 Remaining crew of Spanish Narváez Expedition depart Florida in 5 crude boats destined for Texas, by sailing along the coast, a course disrupted by storms that carry them out to open Gulf of Mexico waters; boats land on barrier islands in early November [1]

Historic Event

1539-06-03 Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain

Historic Event

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

  • 1562-04-30 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1565-09-08 1st permanent European settlement in the US founded at St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1565-09-20 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Florida & massacre the French
  • 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 sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
  • 1715-07-30 Spanish gold and 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
  • 1810-10-27 United States annexes West Florida from Spain
  • 1817-11-21 US soldiers attack Miccosukee Tribe village of Fowltown, Georgia, beginning what becomes known as the First Seminole War

Victory in Battle

1818-04-07 General Andrew Jackson conquers Spanish Fort San Marcos (St Marks), in Spanish Florida during his pursuit of the Native American Seminole Tribe, in what would become known as the First Seminole War

  • 1818-05-24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida
  • 1819-02-22 The Adams–Onís Treaty between Spain and the United States is signed, ceding Florida to the US and defining the boundary between the US and New Spain
  • 1822-03-30 Congress combines East & West Florida into Florida Territory
  • 1839-02-25 Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to the West
  • 1842-08-14 Second Seminole War declared over by US Army Colonel Worth, after nearly 7 years; more than 3000 Seminole Nation survivors re-located from Florida to Oklahoma, only about 300 allowed to remain [1]
  • 1845-03-03 Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
  • 1850-07-14 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie
  • 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)
  • 1861-01-15 US Civil War: Union forces at Fort Pikens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola, Florida refuse Florida Militia demand to surrender
  • 1861-03-08 St Augustine Florida surrenders to Union armies
  • 1861-08-05 Naval Engagement at Fernandina, Florida, the USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade
  • 1861-11-22 Battle of Fort McRee, Florida
  • 1862-03-05 Union troops under Brigadier General Wright occupy Fernandina, Florida (US Civil War)
  • 1862-05-09 Battle of Fort Pickens, Florida, Pensacola evacuated by Confederates
  • 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
  • 1865-03-25 Battle of Bluff Spring, Florida
  • 1865-05-10 Major General Sam Jones, the Confederate military leader in Florida, South Carolina and South Georgia, surrenders to Union forces

Historic Event

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • 1868-01-20 Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
  • 1868-02-10 Conservatives & military seize Convention Hall in Florida
  • 1868-06-25 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 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 destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1903-03-14 1st national bird reservation established in Sebastian, Florida
  • 1912-02-08 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1921-02-24 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives in Florida
  • 1923-01-02 Ku Klux Klan surprise attack on black residential area Rosewood Florida, 8 killed (compensation awarded in 1995)
  • 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 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in Guadeloupe, French Antilles as category 4 storm, killing 1,200; additional damage and fatalities on neighboring islands of Martinique, Montserrat, and Nevis
  • 1928-09-13 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a category 5 storm, killing over 300, leaving 500,000 homeless, and causing $50M in damages (about $790M in 2020 dollars)
  • 1928-09-17 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee, Florida as category 4 storm, killing 2,500- 3,000 and causing $25M in damages (about $345M in 2020 dollars)
  • 1931-02-05 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 246.08 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1931-05-22 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
  • 1931-06-29 109°F (43°C), Monticello, Florida (state record, until broken in 2015)
  • 1932-02-24 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1932-03-02 Australian golf trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood posts an incredible 83 using only his putter over 18 holes at Belleaire, Florida; round includes 6 pars and 1 birdie
  • 1933-02-22 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 272.46 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1935-01-04 Ft Jefferson National Monument, Florida established
  • 1935-03-07 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 276.71 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car; last record set at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1935-09-02 Labor Day hurricane makes landfall in Florida, killing 423 people, the strongest and most intense hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States
  • 1936-01-16 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida
  • 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

Film Premiere

1940-03-21 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Miami, Florida (Oscar - Best Picture 1941)

Historic Event

1942-01-04 British Prime Minister Winston 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 Flight 19 the "Lost Squadron" of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle

Historic Event

1947-12-06 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman

  • 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)

Sports History

1952-12-31 Danny Nardico stops former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout in Coral Gables, Florida; LaMotta is knocked down for the only time in his career, his corner stopping fight after the round

  • 1954-12-04 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
  • 1955-02-14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
  • 1956-05-30 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • 1956-07-29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-06-08 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, 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
  • 1963-12-01 Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level
  • 1965-07-17 WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (ABC) begins
  • 1965-09-07 -10] Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Mississippi & Louisiana
  • 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 the Caribbean, Florida & Mexico

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 602

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León (1460-1521)

1460-04-08 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

  • 1519-02-15 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer who founded St. Augustine, Florida, born in Avilés, Spain (d. 1574)
  • 1683-04-03 Mark Catesby, English naturalist (Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands) (d. 1749)

William H. SewardWilliam H. Seward (1801-1872)

1801-05-16 American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), born in Florida, New York

  • 1821-09-28 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1874)
  • 1824-05-16 Edmund Kirby Smith, American General (Confederate Army), born in St Augustine, Florida (d. 1893)
  • 1827-10-02 Edmund Jackson Davis, American lawyer, soldier, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Augustine, Florida (d. 1883)
  • 1829-06-06 John Baillie McIntosh, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1888)
  • 1833-11-29 Louis Douglass Watkins, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Tallahassee, Florida, (d. 1868)

Mark TwainMark Twain (1835-1910)

1835-11-30 American author (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), born in Florida, Missouri

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)

1856-10-03 American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), born in Marianna, Florida

  • 1861-11-07 Jeff Milton, American lawman, born in Marianna, Florida (d. 1947)

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

1871-06-17 American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 1885-07-25 Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)
  • 1885-10-19 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • 1889-04-15 A. Philip Randolph, American labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union), born in Crescent City, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1889-09-16 Claude Albert Barnett, American journalist and founder (Associated Negro Press), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 1967)
  • 1892-02-29 Augusta Savage (née Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1962) [1]
  • 1892-07-15 Henry Johnson, American soldier of 369th regiment (aka Harlem Hell Fighters), 1st US WWI soldier to receive the Croix de guerre after fighting a German raid in hand-to-hand combat to rescue a fellow soldier (posthumous Medal of Honour, 2015), born in Tallahassee, Florida, (d. 1929)
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1899-10-20 Evelyn Brent, American actress (Panama Lady, Last Command), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1902-05-30 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1985)
  • 1906-03-19 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1906-05-11 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1907-12-03 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1908-08-20 Al López, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (AL Manager of the Year 1959 Chicago WS; Cleveland Indians), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1909-10-10 Florida Friebus, American actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show), born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1911-01-07 (Thelma) "Butterfly" McQueen, American actress (Gone With The Wind; Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1911-07-07 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1911-07-09 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2008)

Buck O'NeilBuck O'Neil (1911-2006)

1911-11-13 American Baseball HOF coach (1st African-American coach in MLB) and first baseman (NgL World Series 1942; 2 x NgL All Star; KC Monarchs), born in Carrabelle, Florida

  • 1913-04-04 Frances Langford, American singer (I'm In The Mood For Love), entertainer (Armed Forces Hour; USO tours), actress (All-American Co-Ed; Born To Dance), and philanthropist, born in Hernando, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1913-11-20 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1914-01-31 Carey Loftin, American actor (Duel, The French Connection), born in Blountstown, Florida (d. 1997)
  • 1914-10-23 Dick Durrance, American skier, born in Tarpon Springs, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1915-07-11 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, born in Madison, Florida (d. 1941)
  • 1915-09-12 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • 1915-10-02 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Life With Elizabeth; Bachelor Father - "Cal"; Cinderfella),, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • 1917-03-09 Dante Fascell, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Bridgehampton, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1917-03-11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • 1920-01-20 Sam Gibbons, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1963-97), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-08 Esther Rolle, Bahamian-American actress (Good Times, Maude), born in Pompano Beach Florida (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-20 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer ("Rose Marie"; "Guess Who"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1923-01-23 Walter M. Miller Jr., American sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • 1923-09-24 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1950)
  • 1924-07-19 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1924-10-26 Tom Lewis, American politician (Rep-R-Florida, 1983-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1925-12-01 Jordan Klein, American cameraman and director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-04-29 Carrie Meek, American politician (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2003), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1926-05-12 Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1926-07-04 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier (1927-2022)

1927-02-20 Bahamian-American actor, first black actor to win Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963; To Sir With Love"; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), director (Stir Crazy), civil rights advocate, and diplomat, born in Miami, Florida [1]

  • 1927-08-09 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1927-08-29 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1927-09-27 Patrick O'Neal, American actor (Under Siege, The Stepford Wives, King Rat, Night of the Iguana), born in Ocala, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1928-08-30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1928-09-11 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1928-09-15 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era ("The Black Messiah"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1928-10-12 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • 1929-01-20 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962; NASCAR 33 wins), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • 1929-08-28 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1929-10-28 Airline Falconer, 1st child born in aircraft, born in the skies above Miami, Florida
  • 1929-11-08 Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1930-03-13 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1930-04-03 Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida (1971-89) and Governor of Florida (1991-98), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 1998)

Pat SummerallPat Summerall (1930-2013)

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

  • 1930-05-22 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1930-07-16 Michael Bilirakis, American politician, Republican U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, born in Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • 1930-08-14 Gerald Solomon, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Okeechobee, Florida (d. 2001)
  • 1930-08-23 Andy Ireland, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1930-11-23 Ricou Browning, American director, actor, stuntman and producer (Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1931-04-20 Lee H. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1931-06-24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1931-07-04 Rick Casares, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1931-11-25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1931-11-30 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1932-01-14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1932-08-08 (Lonnie Melvin) "Mel" Tillis, American country singer ("Who's Julie"; "M-M-Mel"), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1933-04-29 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1933-06-16 Ken Johnson, American baseball pitcher (only pitcher to lose a complete game 9-inning no-hitter 1964), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1933-08-20 Don Fuqua, American Democratic politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1934-01-06 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1934-06-01 (Charles) "Pat" Boone, American singer ("Tutti Frutti"), actor (April Love; The Cross and The Switchblade; No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • 1935-06-21 Monte Markham, American actor (Second Hundred Years; Dallas; Baywatch), born in Manatee County, Florida
  • 1935-06-26 Douglas Peterson, American politician and diplomat, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-08-13 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), born in Lacoochee, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1936-02-14 Andrew Prine, American actor (V, W.E.B., Wide Country), born in Jennings, Florida
  • 1936-06-30 Nancy Dussault, American actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1936-09-05 Alcee Hastings, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • 1936-11-09 Daniel Robert Graham, American politician, 38th Governor of Florida (1979-87), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1937-06-11 Johnny Brown, American stage and screen comic actor (Good Times - "Bookman"; Laugh-In), and singer, born in St. Petersburg, Florida (d. 2022)
  • 1938-04-20 Johnny Tillotson, American singer-songwriter ("It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"; "Poetry In Motion"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-07-20 Jo Ann Campbell, American pop singer ("I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain"; "Mother, Please!"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-07-21 Janet Reno, first woman US Attorney General (1993-2001), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1938-08-14 Niara Sudarkasa [Gloria Albertha Marshall], American educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1938-11-26 Porter Goss, American politician (Rep-R-Florida) and 1st Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1938-12-09 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings

Bettie Page

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

Tammy Wynette

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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

Jimmy Johnson

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

  • 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

Wedding 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

  • 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

Keith Hernandez

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

  • 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

Amy Winehouse

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

Olivia Newton-John

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

Hulk Hogan

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

  • 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

Michael Jordan

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

Pharrell Williams

2013-10-12 American Grammy Award-winning "Happy" singer-songwriter and record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, i, 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

Sofía Vergara

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

  • 2016-10-08 "Teen Mom OG" star Maci Bookout weds Taylor McKinney at the Honey Lake Resort in Greenville, Florida

Ryan Lochte

2018-01-09 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida


Famous Deaths

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León (1460-1521)

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

  • 1574-09-17 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer who founded St. Augustine, Florida, dies at 55
  • 1749-12-23 Mark Catesby, English naturalist (Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands), dies at 66
  • 1874-08-14 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, dies at 52
  • 1923-01-02 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched in the Rosewood Massacre
  • 1934-06-10 Frederick Delius, British composer (A Mass of Life, Brigg Fair; In a Summer Garden), dies at 72
  • 1945-10-12 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida
  • 1951-12-25 Harry T Moore, American educator, civil rights activist and Florida NAACP official, assassinated by a bombing of his home at 46
  • 1986-03-07 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • 1988-05-27 Florida Friebus, American actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79

Ted BundyTed Bundy (1946-1989)

1989-01-24 American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

  • 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 (1971-89) and Governor of Florida (1991-98), dies at 68
  • 2010-08-28 William P. Foster, notable band director and founder of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University
  • 2014-03-13 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), dies at 85
  • 2018-05-02 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83