Gainesville in History

Historical Events

  • 1958-11-10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-04-07 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1990-08-26 2 murdered college students found in Gainesville, Florida

Famous Birthdays

  • 1945-08-22 James G Richardson, actor (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947-09-21 Don Felder, American rocker (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1950-10-20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-05-21 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-05-30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1955-05-31 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1966-09-04 Jearl A Miles, 400m/long jumper (Olympics-gold-96), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1971-04-19 Otis Scott, 400m/800m runner, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1979-01-18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980-04-22 Monica Flammer, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Gainesville, Florida