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
  • 1958-03-02 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • 2000-01-23 AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14

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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1939-06-06 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1950-02-01 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 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
  • 1951-08-24 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 R McCumber, American PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-09-08 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, American actor (Cease Fire, Predator), 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)
  • 1954-07-22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), 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
  • 1961-02-01 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, 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, 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
  • 1967-06-04 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-08-18 John Jurkovic, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969-11-18 Cheryl Bachman, playmate (October, 1991), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970-08-23 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-01-22 Bucky Brooks, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-02-27 Rich Tylski, guard/center (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 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
  • 1971-11-09 David Duval, American golfer (British Open 2001), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971-12-16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-12-31 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973-01-22 Reggie Barlow, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973-06-24 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1974-04-17 James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974-12-11 Kevin Devine, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974-12-26 Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1975-02-12 Seth Payne, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Clifton Springs, New York
  • 1975-04-26 Jabbar Threats, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1978-12-09 Mandy James, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1979-06-08 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1980-07-12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida