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

Sports History

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)

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

1871-06-17 American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 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 jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The 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 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 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 ("Tutti Frutti"), actor (April Love; The Cross and The 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-songwriter ("It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"; "Poetry In Motion"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-07-20 Jo Ann Campbell, American pop singer ("I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain"; "Mother, Please!"), 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 [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)

Ken NortonKen Norton (1943-2013)

1943-08-09 American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois

  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Night Court - "Liz"), 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, American drummer (The Allman Brothers - "Whipping Post"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1948-01-15 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd- "Gimme Three Steps"), 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 Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1964-74), 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
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor (Pirates of Penzance), and singer ("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
  • 1959-05-16 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
  • 1960-02-27 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), 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, 1985-97, NL Rookie of the Year, 6X NL stolen base leader, 2X All-Star (St. Louis Cardinals; New York Mets, and 4 other teams), 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, American 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 drummer (Everclear, 1994-2003), 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, American MLB baseball infielder, 1995-99 (LA Dodgers and 3 other teams), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1971-04-30 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971-05-18 Ben Coleman, American guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 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

David DuvalDavid Duval (51 years old)

1971-11-09 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 (Pro Bowl 2001; Super Bowl 1997, 98; Denver Broncos), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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