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

  • 1888-03-17 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), born in Gainesville, Texas (d. 1950)
  • 1945-08-22 James G Richardson, actor (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947-09-21 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock musician and songwriter (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, American 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, American golfer, writer, broadcaster (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1973), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1964-01-05 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965-09-12 Vernon Maxwell, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1966-09-04 Jearl A. Miles, American 400m/long jumper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1969-01-18 Marvin Pope, American CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1972-07-27 Maya Rudolph, American actress and comedian (Bridemaids), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1973-12-12 Reinard Wilson, American football linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1974-04-29 Kevin Mathis, American football cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1979-01-18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida