Pensacola in History

Historical Events

  • 1559-08-14 Spanish explorer de Luna lands in Pensacola Bay, Fla

Victory in Battle

1818-05-24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida

  • 1861-09-13 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
  • 1862-05-09 Battle of Fort Pickens, Florida, Pensacola evacuated by Confederates
  • 1954-01-13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-09-11 WSRE TV channel 23 in Pensacola, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

1978-02-15 Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida

Famous Birthdays

  • 1911-07-07 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Life With Elizabeth; Bachelor Father - "Cal"; Cinderfella),, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • 1921-11-19 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • 1936-06-30 Nancy Dussault, American actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1939-06-13 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1940-09-21 Bill Kurtis, American newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1942-09-17 Robert Graysmith, American Zodiac killer researcher and author, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1943-07-21 Jerry McGee, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1977, 4 PGA Tour titles), born in New Lexingon, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1948-12-31 Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958-07-03 Aaron Tippin, American country singer ("You've Got to Stand for Something"), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958-07-19 Robert Gibson, American professional wrestler, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1962-08-14 Jerry Foltz, American golfer and commentator (Golf Channel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1964-04-07 Joe Durant, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1966-04-05 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1966-11-25 Mark Whiten, American MLB baseball outfielder (4 home runs in one game 1993; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1969-01-16 Roy Jones Jr., American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida

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1969-05-15 American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Uni of Florida; Super Bowl 1992, 93 [MVP], 95; NFL MVP 1993; 3 x NFL rushing leader; Dallas Cowboys), born in Pensacola, Florida

  • 1972-09-06 Eric Zeier, American NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1973-04-18 Derrick Brooks, American NFL linebacker (11×Pro Bowl 1997–2006, 08; Super Bowl 2002; Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pensacola, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • 2016-04-21 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, dies at 94