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)
  • 1914-03-22 The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 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
  • 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

Sport awardNHL 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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sport awardSuper 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

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 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 Coomand), 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, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1911-01-07 Butterfly McQueen [Thelma], 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- ), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1923-01-20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-08 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), 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

Person of interestTony La Russa

1944-10-04 Tony La Russa, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder and manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 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, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948-12-22 Steve Garvey, 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
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (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
  • 1964-11-16 Dwight Gooden, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967-09-03 Luis Gonzalez, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999, 2001-03, 05; Houston, Arizona), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967-12-07 Tino Martinez, American baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, 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, 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 player (Toronto Blue Jays), 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 singer, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1986-08-16 Shawn Pyfrom, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1987-12-07 Aaron Carter, American singer and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 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