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, & Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 (Best Picture 1941)

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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 by airplane

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943-12-16 "Tamiami Champion" (New York to Florida) trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
  • 1946-09-06 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
  • 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
  • 1956-02-12 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
  • 1956-07-29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-07-21 39th PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert at Miami Valley GC Dayton Ohio
  • 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
  • 1961-03-12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open
  • 1961-08-16 Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 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 reorient himself emotionally and creatively and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami. He will never return 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1974-08-25 LA Aztecs defeat Miami Toros to win NASL cup
  • 1974-12-21 Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs, 1st time in 3 years
  • 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

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1976-08-11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 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 Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns vs St Louis (55-14)
  • 1978-04-03 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • 1979-07-17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • 1980-05-17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1985-10-14 On Mon Night football, Jets retire Joe Namath's #12, beat Miami 23-7
  • 1986-07-14 Shalamar's Howard Hewett acquitted in Miami of drug charges

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1986-09-21 Miami Dan Marino passes for 6 touchdowns vs NY Jets (51-45)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 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

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

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 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, Miami-Fla (QB)

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

  • 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
  • 1997-04-09 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • 1997-05-12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
  • 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.
  • 2005-12-07 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.

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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.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2013-03-17 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77

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

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 2016-03-09 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • 2018-01-29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami
  • 2018-03-15 Pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapses onto 8-lane highway 5 days after it was built, killing 6

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, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in NYC, New York
  • 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, cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-07-04 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)

Person of interestSidney Poitier

1927-02-20 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1929-08-28 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1929-10-28 1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida
  • 1930-03-13 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (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, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of 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, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-04-30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-05-01 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-06-24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of 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 composer, 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)
  • 1945-07-01 Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1945-10-21 Everett McGill, actor (Jezebel's Kiss, Silver Bullet), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-10-10 Ben Vereen, actor/dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1947-02-24 Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph)
  • 1947-05-16 Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 1948-04-17 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, director/writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-03-28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, cicadian rhythms), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-05-26 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1949-12-15 Don Johnson, Flatt Creek, Missouri, American actor (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)
  • 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, actress (Lenny, Pam-Flying High), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-07-20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1952-04-29 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952-06-18 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns)
  • 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
  • 1954-05-10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestAndre Dawson

1954-07-10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1954-10-30 JoAnne Russell, tennis player (Wimbledon Double 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955-02-02 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1956-03-29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (Olympics), actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1957-04-13 Saundra Santiago, actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestGloria Estefan

1957-09-01 Gloria Estefan [Fajardo], Cuban-American singer (Miami Sound Machine-Conga), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1957-10-04 Christina Smith, playmate (Mar, 1978), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-06-26 Glen Stewart Godwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-11-23 David Wallace, 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
  • 1960-07-07 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-12-28 Terri Garber, 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
  • 1963-02-09 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-07-09 Pamela Annette Sanders, playmate (November, 1985), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-09-04 Donna Wilkins, LPGA golfer (1987 S&H Golf Classic-5th), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1964-10-28 Lenny Harris, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965-01-11 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestVanilla Ice

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

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 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, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-10-25 Larry Thomas, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), 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
  • 1971-08-15 Priscilla Taylor, playmate (Mar, 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-03-29 Alex Ochoa, American football outfielder (NY Mets), born in Miami, 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

Person of interestEva Mendes

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

Actress Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes
  • 1975-04-11 Terry Cousin, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1976-09-30 Adita Linares, spanish actress (Clueless, Cookie), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1977-01-11 Nadia Turner, US singer, born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestPerez Hilton

1978-03-23 Perez Hilton [Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr], American television personality and blogger, born in Miami, Florida

Blogger & TV Personality Perez Hilton
Blogger & TV Personality
Perez Hilton
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1983-04-01 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • 1989-07-17 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1989-08-28 Cécile McLorin Salvant, American jazz vocalist (Cecile, WomanChild), born in Miami, Florida

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-02-22 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-10-12 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, 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

  • 1933-02-15 Anton J Cermak, (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami
  • 1962-11-17 Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • 1978-02-18 Charlotte Greenwood, 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

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

1983-01-15 Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Meyer Lansky
  • 1985-02-08 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1993-04-18 Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76
  • 2006-11-07 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2016-08-20 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101
  • 2017-08-22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94