Florida in History

Historical Events

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 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
  • 1528-09-28 Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1539-05-30 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 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
  • 1810-10-26 US annexes western Florida
  • 1810-10-27 US annexes West Florida from Spain
  • 1817-11-20 First Seminole War begins in Florida
  • 1817-11-27 US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1818-04-07 General Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks, Florida from Seminole indians

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1818-05-24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida
  • 1819-02-22 Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)
  • 1820-10-20 Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million
  • 1821-02-22 Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 1821-07-17 Spain cedes Florida to the US
  • 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 Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 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)
  • 1861-01-14 Fort Pikens, Florida, falls into state hands (US Civil War)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson

  • 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 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • 1928-09-16 Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • 1928-09-17 Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
  • 1931-05-22 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
  • 1931-06-29 109°F (43°C), Monticello, Florida (state record)
  • 1935-01-04 Ft Jefferson National Monument, Florida established
  • 1935-09-02 A hurricane slams Florida Keys killing 423
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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 (Best Picture 1941)

  • 1942-01-04 Premier 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
  • 1947-12-06 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • 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.
  • 1949-07-31 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Baker, Florida, killing 2 players
  • 1950-09-05 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • 1951-02-25 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • 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
  • 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 Caribbean, Florida & Mexico

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 414


Person of interestJuan Ponce de León

1460-04-08 Juan Ponce de León, 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 (d. 1521)

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 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)

Person of interestWilliam H. Seward

1801-05-16 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), born in Florida, New York (d. 1872)

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • 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)

Person of interestMark Twain

1835-11-30 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens], American author (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn), born in Florida, Missouri (d. 1910)

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

Person of interestJames Weldon Johnson

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
  • 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)
  • 1892-02-29 Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate
  • 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 Coomand), 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)
  • 1906-05-11 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1909-10-10 Florida Friebus, American actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show), born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1911-01-07 Butterfly McQueen [Thelma], 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)

Person of interestBuck O'Neil

1911-11-13 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • 1912-02-16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1913-04-04 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, 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 (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), born in Blountstown Florida (d. 1997)
  • 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 singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • 1916-05-14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), 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)
  • 1920-11-08 Esther Rolle, Bahamian American actress (Good Times, Maude), born in Pompano Beach Florida (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 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, cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-04-29 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1926-05-12 Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95 ), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1926-07-04 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)

Person of interestSidney Poitier

1927-02-20 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1927-08-09 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1927-09-27 Patrick O'Neal, American actor (Under Seige, The Stepford Wives, King Rat, Night of the Iguana), born in Ocala, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1928-09-15 Julian E "Cannonball" Adderley, US jazz hard bop musician (Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1928-10-12 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • 1929-08-28 Rokie Roker, actress (Helen-Jeffersons), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1929-10-28 1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida
  • 1930-02-16 Ricou Browning, Florida, director/actor (Thunderball)
  • 1930-03-13 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (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)

Person of interestPat Summerall

1930-05-10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1930-07-16 Michael Bilirakis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • 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, 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 Jack Sheldon, actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1932-08-08 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin 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, MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1934-01-06 Bobby Lord, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1934-06-01 Pat Boone, Florida, singer/actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade)
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American LPGA golfer, born in Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1935-06-21 Monte Markham, American actor (Second Hundred Years, Dallas), born in Manatee County, Florida
  • 1935-06-26 Douglas Peterson, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), 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, actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1936-09-05 Alcee Hastings, (Rep-D-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, comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1938-04-20 Johnny Tillotson, American singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-07-20 Jo Ann Campbell, Lawrence Welk's champagne lady, 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 M Clark], educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1938-11-26 Porter J Goss, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1938-12-09 [David] Deacon Jones, American NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-03-14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-04-30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-05-01 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-06-24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-08-30 Elizabeth Ashley, [Cole], Ocala Florida, actress (Coma, Evening Shade)
  • 1939-09-02 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939-11-03 Terrence McNally, playwright (Bad Habits), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-11-15 Thalmus Rasulala, [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-12-09 Patrician Stephens Due, Quincy, Florida, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-20 Kathryn Joosten, Eustis, Florida, actress (Desperate Housewives), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-09-05 Lewis Spratlan, American composer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940-09-21 Bill Kurtis, newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida

Person of interestFaye Dunaway

1941-01-14 Faye Dunaway, American actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Bascom, Florida

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • 1941-04-16 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1941-04-25 Lawrence J. Smith, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (1983-93), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-01-29 Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida
  • 1942-05-30 Dan Miller, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-07-03 Norman Thagard, American scientist and astronaut (STS 7, 51-B, 30, 42, 71, Mir), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1943-07-31 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1943-08-28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1943-09-17 Samuel T Durrance, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Person of interestJim Morrison

1943-12-08 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-03-16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 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

HeartWedding 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
  • 2005-01-29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-06-30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 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

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

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-10-12 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, 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
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJuan Ponce de León

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

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 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
  • 1923-01-02 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched by KKK
  • 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, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • 1986-03-07 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • 1988-05-27 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79

Person of interestTed Bundy

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

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 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