Jacksonville in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-02-07 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1901-05-03 Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1912-02-08 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1949-09-15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-09-01 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-09-10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-06-08 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • 1960-08-09 Race riot in Jacksonville, 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
  • 1968-01-21 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR
  • 1969-01-19 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • 1969-10-31 Eastside race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-11-12 WJJY (now WJPT) TV channel 14 in Jacksonville, IL (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1970-03-04 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • 1970-03-21 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville, 80-69; Bruins' 4th straight title under coach John Wooden
  • 1971-06-16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1982-03-24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • 1984-08-18 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
  • 1994-06-11 Cbox is 39'115 long, 20'85 wide, & 8' high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn
  • 1997-01-12 AFC Championship, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • 2000-01-23 AFC Championship, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-14
  • 2005-02-06 Super Bowl XXXIX, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL: New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21; MVP: Deion Branch, New England, WR
  • 2018-01-21 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20

Famous Birthdays

  • 1837-06-26 Martin Davis Hardin II, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1923)

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
  • 1885-10-02 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1892-09-11 Pinto Colvig, American animation voice actor (Goofy, Pluto), born in Jacksonville, Oregon (d. 1967)
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 1913-11-20 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1914-10-11 J. Edward Day, 55th U.S. Postmaster General (1961), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1915-09-12 Billy Daniels, African-American singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • 1923-05-18 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1933-08-20 Don Fuqua, American Democratic politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1934-06-01 Charles "Pat" Boone, American singer, actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade, No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, 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
  • 1939-01-10 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1939-06-06 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-12-20 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1944-11-30 Dian Parkinson [Dianna Lynn Batts], American model (The Price Is Right) and Miss USA 1965, born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1946-11-11 Corrine Brown, American politician convicted on corruption charges (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2017), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1947-05-11 Butch Trucks, drummer (The Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1948-01-15 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • 1950-02-01 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1950-11-24 Bob [Robert Lewis] Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1950-12-08 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1951-03-14 Rigdon "Rick" Dees, American actor, voice artist and radio disc jock (The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-07-18 Margo Martindale, American actress (The Americans), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1951-08-24 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1951-08-28 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951-09-07 Mark McCumber, American golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; Tour C'ship 1994), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-04 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, American actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-12-04 Gary Rossington, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-06-11 Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist (.38 Special), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-07-19 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1990)
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-08-16 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1957-09-04 Khandi Alexander, American actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-02-27 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, 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
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, American MLB catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-09-22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder (6 x NL stolen base leader), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1965-10-02 Jill Powell, American actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-05-28 Glen Rice, American basketball guard and forward (3-time NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 2000; Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks), born in Jacksonville, Arkansas
  • 1967-06-04 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-08-18 John Jurkovic, American football defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 1968-11-29 Dee Brown, NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-04-23 Martín López-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970-04-18 Greg Eklund, American musician (Everclear), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970-08-23 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-01-22 Bucky Brooks, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971-02-27 Rich Tylski, American football player (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-03-05 Chad Fonville, infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1971-04-30 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-05-18 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-06-27 Brant Boyer, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1971-09-04 Monty Grow, American football safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Inverness, Florida
  • 1971-11-09 David Duval, American golfer (British Open 2001), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-12-16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-01-18 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-12-31 Chris Parker, American football running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1973-01-22 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1973-06-24 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1973-10-13 Brian Dawkins, American NFL safety (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974-04-17 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974-12-11 Kevin Devine, American football cornerback and kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974-12-26 Tony Brackens, American football defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1975-02-12 Seth Payne, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Clifton Springs, New York
  • 1978-09-14 Danielle Peck, American country music singer (Findin' a Good Man), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1979-06-08 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1980-04-09 Yoanna House, American model, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1980-07-12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1981-04-18 Brian Buscher, American MLB third baseman, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1987-02-21 Ashley Greene, American model & actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida