Miami in History

Historical Events

  • 1780-11-05 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle
  • 1848-12-26 The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • 1855-06-28 The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University
  • 1896-07-28 City of Miami incorporated
  • 1906-03-17 The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1913-03-25 Great Dayton Flood: winter rains cause Great Miami River to flood, Ohio's greatest natural disaster
  • 1913-03-26 Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami and Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously

Sports History

1924-02-17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida

  • 1926-03-03 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • 1926-09-17 Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 1926-09-18 Hurricane hits Miami, kills 250
  • 1937-01-25 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13

Film Premiere

1939-02-10 "Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami

Film Premiere

1940-03-21 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Miami, Florida (Oscar - Best Picture 1941)

Historic Event

1943-01-14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel overseas by airplane

  • 1943-12-16 "Tamiami Champion" (New York to Florida) trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
  • 1946-09-06 All-America Football Conference begins regular season play as the Cleveland Browns beat the Miami Seahawks 44-0 before 60,135 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium
  • 1948-12-28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1949-03-21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-04-26 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • 1953-08-12 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • 1954-12-04 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
  • 1955-08-12 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-07-29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-07-21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format
  • 1958-12-10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • 1960-03-26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami

Historic Event

1961-08-16 Martin Luther King Jr. protests for black voting rights in Miami, Florida

  • 1961-11-20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-06-26 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-06-14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
  • 1967-09-20 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-11-15 WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-08-08 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Presidential Convention

1968-08-08 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

  • 1968-08-10 Race riots in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock

Music History

1968-12-28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival; performers included: The Jimi Hendrix Experience; The Mothers of Invention; Chuck Berry; John Lee Hooker; The Crazy World of Arthur Brown; and Blues Image,

Music History

1969-03-01 Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida

Jim Morrison's Trial

1970-08-10 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami, Florida

  • 1970-09-20 Jim Morrison found guilty of "open profanity and indecent exposure" after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969
  • 1971-03-11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to re-orient himself emotionally and creatively, and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami, Florida. He never returns to the US.
  • 1972-07-10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • 1972-07-12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for US president in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-08-21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach

Presidential Convention

1972-08-23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

  • 1974-08-25 LA Aztecs defeat Miami Toros to win NASL cup
  • 1975-07-31 The Miami Showband killings: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, shoot dead three members of an Irish showband at Buskhill, County Down, Ireland
  • 1975-12-10 Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ

Music History

1976-08-11 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami, Florida

  • 1977-01-19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1977-06-07 Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law
  • 1977-11-24 Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Cardinals in St. Louis

Radio History

1978-04-03 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami, Florida to Washington, D.C.

  • 1980-05-17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • 1982-11-12 Aaron Pryor scores a 14th round KO of Alexis Argüello in Miami to retain his WBA super lightweight boxing title in the first of 2 meetings between the Hall of Famers; The Ring’s 'Fight of the Decade'
  • 1982-12-12 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0
  • 1984-09-16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV
  • 1984-11-10 Miami Hurricanes blows 31-0 lead in 3rd quarter lose to Md 42-40

Sports History

1984-11-23 Boston College QB Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including game ending 48 yard TD (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45

Sports History

1985-10-14 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

  • 1986-07-14 Shalamar's Howard Hewett acquitted in Miami of drug charges
  • 1986-12-06 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • 1987-05-03 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • 1987-06-16 Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, opens
  • 1988-01-01 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • 1988-07-08 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida
  • 1989-02-10 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV

Historic Event

1990-01-25 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail

  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • 1992-12-10 NHL awards franchises to Miami & Anaheim for 1994-95
  • 1992-12-12 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, U of Miami (QB)
  • 1993-04-05 A win and a loss for MLB expansion teams in their debut games; Florida Marlins beat LA Dodgers, 6-3 in Miami; the Colorado Rockies lose to Mets, 3-0 in NYC

Music History

1994-03-02 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • 1994-09-03 Miami rout Georgia Southern 56-0, breaking NCAA football record with its 58th consecutive home win; Alabama won 57 straight at home between 1962-82
  • 1994-09-21 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Laud/Miami Fl (WBGG 105.9 FM)
  • 1996-05-11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • 1996-06-10 Stanley Cup Final, Miami Arena, Miami, FA: Uwe Krupp's unassisted goal in triple-OT gives Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over Florida Panthers and a 4 game series sweep
  • 1997-04-09 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • 1997-05-12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
  • 1997-10-26 Baseball World Series: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Liván Hernández
  • 1998-05-21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
  • 2000-04-22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • 2005-06-04 Panamanian jockey Eddie Castro sets a North American record with 9 wins on the 13-race card at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida
  • 2005-12-07 Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

Historic Event

2006-07-31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

  • 2009-01-08 College Football, 11th BCS National Championship, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

WrestleMania

2012-04-01 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: The Rock defeats John Cena, titled "Once in a Lifetime"

  • 2013-01-07 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14
  • 2013-03-17 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77
  • 2014-11-16 Kevin Harvick driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by 1 point from Ryan Newman

Historic Event

2015-06-15 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

Sports History

2015-11-22 Kyle Busch driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

  • 2016-03-09 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida

Sports History

2016-08-07 Miami Marlins veteran Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club in a 10 - 7 win v Rockies

Sports History

2016-11-20 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles

Sports History

2017-11-19 Martin Truex Jr., driving for Furniture Row Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by 5 points from Kyle Busch

Sports History

2018-01-29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Florida; Inter Miami CF


Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-06-25 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1912-09-24 Donald "Don" Porter, American actor (Gidget, The Ann Sothern Show), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1997)
  • 1914-12-28 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1920-11-13 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), born in Miami, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1923-06-22 Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1924-07-19 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1925-12-01 Jordan Klein, American cameraman and director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-07-04 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier (1927-2022)

1927-02-20 Bahamian-American actor, first black actor to win Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963; To Sir With Love"; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), director (Stir Crazy), civil rights advocate, and diplomat, born in Miami, Florida [1]

  • 1927-08-29 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1928-08-30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1929-08-28 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1929-10-28 Airline Falconer, 1st child born in aircraft, born in the skies above Miami, Florida
  • 1930-01-27 Esteban Edward Torres, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-99), born in Miami, Arizona (d. 2022)
  • 1930-03-13 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1931-06-24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-23 Maurice Ferre, former mayor of Miami
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball HOF center (5 x NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 1968 Boston Celtics) and executive (NBA Executive of the Year 1992 Cleveland Cavaliers, 1998 Toronto Raptors), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1938-07-21 Janet Reno, first woman US Attorney General (1993-2001), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1939-03-14 William Benjamin Lenoir, American astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-04-19 Clay Shaw, American politician (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-04-30 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1983), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-05-01 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-06-24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, American Secretary of the Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-11-15 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940-09-05 Lewis Spratlan, American classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner (Life Is A Dream), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943-06-08 William Calley Jr., American war criminal, convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1944-05-25 Bob Payton, American pizza magnate (The Chicago Pizza Pie Factory), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)

Steve CarltonSteve Carlton (77 years old)

1944-12-22 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1972, 77, 80, 82; Triple Crown 1972; 10 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Miami, Florida

Debbie HarryDebbie Harry (77 years old)

1945-07-01 American singer (Blondie - "Heart of Glass"; " The Tide Is High"; "Call Me"), and actress (Hairspray), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1945-10-21 Everett McGill, actor (Jezebel's Kiss, Silver Bullet), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-10-10 Ben Vereen, American Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Pippin; Roots; Tenspeed and Brown Shoe; Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1947-02-24 Edward James Olmos, American actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-05-16 Bill Smitrovich, American character actor (Crime Story; Miami Vice; Life Goes On), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1948-04-17 Jan Hammer, Czech-American rock keyboardist (Mahavishnu Orchestra; Jeff Beck), and composer ("Miami Vice Theme"), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-03-28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist noted for work studying circadian rhythms (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2017), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-04-15 Craig Zadan, American film producer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-05-26 Philip Michael Thomas, American actor (Miami Vice - "Tubbs"), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1949-12-15 Don Johnson, American actor (Miami Vice - "Sonny Crockett"; Nash Bridges), and pop singer ("Heartbeat"), born in Flatt Creek, Missouri
  • 1950-03-04 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1950-03-13 William H. Macy, American actor (Homicide, Water Engine), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-08-06 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-11-30 Kathryn Witt, American actress (Lenny; Flying High - "Pam"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-07-20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1952-06-18 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-06-14 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953-06-18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band - "Boogie Shoes"), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1953-12-08 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953-12-21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1954-05-10 Jeff Apple, American film producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida

Andre DawsonAndre Dawson (68 years old)

1954-07-10 American Baseball HOF outfielder (8 × MLB All-Star; NL MVP 1987 Chicago Cubs; NL Rookie of the Year 1977 Montreal Expos; 8 × Gold Glove Award), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1954-10-30 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955-02-02 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1956-03-29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), and actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1956-06-09 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1957-04-13 Saundra Santiago, American actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York

Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan (65 years old)

1957-09-01 Cuban-American singer (Miami Sound Machine - "Conga"), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1958-06-26 Glen Stewart Godwin, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-11-23 David Wallace, American actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-03-23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-08-02 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-05-17 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-12-22 Luther Campbell, American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-12-28 Terri Garber, American actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1961-04-10 Olivia Brown, American actress (Det Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1962-10-30 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965-01-11 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida

Vanilla IceVanilla Ice (55 years old)

1967-10-31 American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1969-03-28 Brett Ratner, American film director (Rush Hour), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1969-04-04 Carlos Reyes, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-08-13 Alex Fernandez, Cuban-American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-08-14 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2001)
  • 1969-10-25 Larry Thomas, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-12-23 Stephen Grant, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-05-05 Kyan Douglas, American TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-05-23 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971-05-28 Marco Rubio, American politician (Senate-R-Florida, 2011-), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-01-23 Gary Harrell, American football player (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-03-29 Alex Ochoa, Cuban-American MLB and NPB baseball outfielder, 1995-2008 (NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and 7 other teams), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1973-04-08 Alex Gonzalez, American infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973-05-31 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973-07-09 Enrique Murciano, American actor (Without a Trace), born in Miami, Florida

Eva MendesEva Mendes (48 years old)

1974-03-05 American actress (Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1975-04-11 Terry Cousin, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1976-09-30 Aida Linares, Spanish actress (Clueless; Cookie), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1977-01-11 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1977-10-12 Christie Kerr, American golfer (US Open 2007, PGA Championship 2010), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1978-01-09 Chad Johnson, American football player, born in Miami, Florida

Perez HiltonPerez Hilton (44 years old)

1978-03-23 American television personality and blogger, born in Miami, Florida

  • 1978-05-15 Krissy Taylor, American model, born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1979-08-04 Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979-11-19 Barry Jenkins, American director and writer (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1980-01-30 Wilmer Valderrama, American actor (That 70s Show -"Fez"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981-01-15 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981-03-09 Antonio Bryant, American football player, born in Miami, Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 1941-12-30 Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach

Jennifer Lopez

1997-02-22 American singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home; divorce in 1998

  • 2005-01-29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Keith Hernandez

2005-02-14 Retired baseball player Keith Hernandez (51) weds Kai Thompson in Miami Beach, Florida

  • 2006-02-10 "Creed" former lead singer Scott Stapp (32) weds Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn Nesheiwat (25) in Miami
  • 2006-05-28 "Average Joe" actor Adam Mesh (30) weds Jessica Malca in Miami, Florida

Amy Winehouse

2007-05-18 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida

  • 2012-06-30 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida

Pharrell Williams

2013-10-12 American Grammy Award-winning "Happy" singer-songwriter and record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, i, Florida

  • 2013-11-09 "Mad Men" actor Jared Harris (52) weds lighting designer and TV host Allegra Riggio on a yacht in Miami

Famous Deaths

  • 1933-03-06 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), dies 23 days after being shot in Miami at 59
  • 1962-11-17 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95
  • 1978-02-18 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 1979-12-25 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky (1902-1983)

1983-01-15 Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", dies of lung cancer at 80

  • 1985-02-08 Tom Greenway, American actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 2006-11-07 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2016-08-20 Irving Fields [Yitzhak Schwartz], American lounge pianist and composer (Ilona Massey Show; Bagels & Bongos), dies at 101
  • 2017-08-22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94