Orlando, FL in History

Historical Events

  • 1951-02-25 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • 1954-07-01 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-05-29 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-02-01 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-03-15 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-10-01 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • 1982-10-01 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1987-04-28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • 1989-01-29 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1994-05-16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • 1998-04-22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 2016-06-12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US

Famous Birthdays

  • 1956-07-30 Delta Burke, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1961-09-22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-03-29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball player and executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-07-31 Wesley Snipes, American actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1963-09-05 Tim McKyer, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966-06-14 Traylor Howard, actress (Joy Byrnes-Boston Common), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1968-11-21 Antonio Tarver, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1970-09-15 Danny Ellis, golfer (All-American-1990, 92, 93), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1972-12-19 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1973-08-22 Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1974-01-20 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1982-05-11 Jonathan Jackson, actor (Lucky-General Hospital), born in Orlando Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 2004-12-30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida
  • 2007-12-08 Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida
  • 2012-07-26 NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2013-11-02 'N Sync founding member Chris Kirkpatrick (42) weds his girlfriend Karly Skladany in Orlando, Florida