Tampa in History

Historical Events

  • 1559-09-19 Five Spanish ships sink in storm off Tampa, about 600 die
  • 1914-01-01 1st scheduled airline flight, St Petersburg-Tampa (Tony Jannus pilot)
  • 1914-01-01 The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline, covering the 18 mile distance 23 minutes. Service ceased after three months.
  • 1937-01-25 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
  • 1953-05-31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 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
  • 1965-07-17 WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (ABC) begins
  • 1966-09-12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1967-06-11 Race riot in Tampa, Florida; National Guard mobilizes
  • 1968-11-04 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969-02-11 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ

Music History

1969-11-15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

  • 1980-01-28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1981-09-07 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • 1984-01-22 Super Bowl XVIII, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB
  • 1988-11-20 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa, Florida
  • 1990-03-18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • 1990-12-18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • 1991-01-27 Super Bowl XXV, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19; MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB
  • 1991-12-20 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators
  • 1995-02-01 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • 1995-05-28 Southwestern Florida outside of Tampa begins using new area code 941

NHL All-Star Game

1999-01-24 49th NHL All-Star Game, Ice Palace, Tampa, FL: North America beats World, 8-6; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, NY Rangers, C

Super Bowl

2001-01-28 Super Bowl XXXV, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7; MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

  • 2009-02-01 Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23; MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 2017-01-09 College Football National Championship, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 35-31
  • 2018-01-28 63rd NHL All Star Games, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks, RW

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829-06-06 John Baillie McIntosh, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1888)
  • 1899-10-20 Evelyn Brent, American actress (Panama Lady, Last Command), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1906-03-19 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1908-08-20 Al López, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (AL Manager of the Year 1959 Chicago WS; Cleveland Indians), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1911-01-07 (Thelma) "Butterfly" McQueen, American actress (Gone With The Wind; Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1920-01-20 Sam Gibbons, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1963-97), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1923-01-20 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer ("Rose Marie"; "Guess Who"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-08 Ferdie Pacheco, American physician (cornerman for Mohammad Ali) and boxing analyst (NBC, Showtime), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1928-10-12 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • 1931-11-25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1932-01-14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1943-08-28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder (1969 AL rookie of the year TEST) and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida

Tony La RussaTony La Russa (78 years old)

1944-10-04 American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1989 Oakland A's, 2006, 11 St. Louis Cardinals; 4 × Manager of the Year; Chicago WS), born in Tampa, Florida

  • 1945-07-30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1947-10-09 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster and journalist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948-07-21 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948-08-17 Bo Rucker, American actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida

Steve GarveySteve Garvey (73 years old)

1948-12-22 American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida

  • 1952-09-25 Jimmy Garvin [James Williams], American professional NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1955-02-05 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1955-05-22 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money; The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1957-05-07 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1959-04-06 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • 1960-07-23 Al Perez, American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-04-13 Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, American baseball player (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-10-31 Fred McGriff, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida

Dwight GoodenDwight Gooden (58 years old)

1964-11-16 American Baseball Pitcher (4 x MLB All-Star; NL Cy Young Award, Triple Crown 1985 NY Mets; no-hitter 1996 NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida

  • 1967-09-03 Luis Gonzalez, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999, 2001-03, 05; World Series 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks; Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967-12-07 Tino Martinez, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1995, 1997; World Series 1996, 98–2000 Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-07-30 Charles Gordon, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-11-18 Gary Sheffield, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-12-11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1969-11-26 Sam Militello, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-03-02 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-06-03 Carl Everett, American MLB outfielder (NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1973-07-07 Matt Mantei, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1973-10-09 Terry Balsamo, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1974-12-17 Sarah Paulson, American actress (American Horror Story), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1975-06-26 KJ-52 [Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino], American hip hop artist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1976-05-04 Jason Michaels, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977-12-06 Kevin Cash, American baseball catcher (World Series 2007, 09; Boston Red Sox; New York Yankees) and manager (AL Manager of the Year 2020; TB Rays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1978-02-03 Adrian R'Mante, American actor (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1981-04-17 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982-01-06 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982-01-12 Chris Ray, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1984-09-14 Melissa McGhee, American rock singer (American Idol, season 5), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1986-08-16 Shawn Pyfrom, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1987-12-07 Aaron Carter, American singer, rapper and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2022)
  • 1988-05-05 Brooke Hogan, American singer (Undiscovered), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1988-05-23 Morgan Pressel, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2007), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1991-09-04 Carter Jenkins, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida