St. Petersburg, FL in History

Historical Events

  • 1824-11-07 St Petersburg floods to 4.20m, city's greatest flood
  • 1824-11-19 Storm causes flooding in St Petersburg, killing 10,000
  • 1892-02-29 St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated
  • 1955-02-14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
  • 1955-04-01 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-10-27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-09-12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast

Sport awardDavis Cup

1990-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, St. Petersburg, Florida: Rick Leach and Jim Pugh beat Australian pair Pat Cash and John Fitzgerald 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 to clinch an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-2) for the US

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1991-09-27 1st scheduled NHL exhibition game in St Petersburg Fla, is cancelled due to poor ice conditions (NY Islanders vs Boston Bruins)
  • 2018-05-05 Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product

Famous Birthdays

  • 1937-06-11 Johnny Brown, American comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-01-20 Murle Breer, American golfer (US Women's Open 1962), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-11-03 Terrence McNally, American playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in St Petersburg, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1956-10-23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1959-04-02 Dean Townson, American country music bassist (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1963-05-07 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1964-09-03 Ernest Givins, American NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers; Pro Bowl 1990, 92), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1969-04-25 Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster, born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1969-04-30 Dexter Rogers, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1972-09-05 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1985-09-19 Brittany Lincicome, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2009, 15), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1995-07-20 Shaquem Griffin, American one-handed NFL player (Sea Hawks), born in St. Petersburg, Florida