West Palm Beach in History

Historical Events

  • 1926-09-17 Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 1928-09-17 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee, Florida as category 4 storm, killing 2,500- 3,000 and causing $25M in damages (about $345M in 2020 dollars)
  • 1954-08-22 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-01-01 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins

Ryder Cup

1983-10-16 Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

PGA Championship

1987-08-09 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National Palm Beach: Larry Nelson wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with fellow American Lanny Wadkins

  • 1990-02-04 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • 1996-09-23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)

Sports History

2017-06-09 Tennis player Venus Williams is involved in a car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida; police later clear her of fault

  • 2019-07-18 Children's songs "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" used by City of West Palm Beach, Florida to drive away homeless people from the waterfront

Famous Birthdays

  • 1933-06-16 Ken Johnson, American baseball pitcher (only pitcher to lose a complete game 9-inning no-hitter 1964), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1938-11-05 Chris Robinson, America actor (Stanley, General Hospital, Another World), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1943-12-12 Dickey Betts, American guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man"), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1947-12-10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1953-06-01 Diana Canova, American actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1957-01-19 Ottis Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1969-12-30 Michelle McGann, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970-07-05 Doug Bochtler, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-04-30 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-08-07 Chris T. Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-09-06 Anthony Goldwire, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1974-08-25 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics 1996), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1978-01-09 A.J. McLean, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1985-05-02 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1990-05-03 Brooks Koepka, American golfer (US Open 2017-18, PGA C'ship 2018-19), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1993-10-13 Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump & Marla Maples, born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Weddings

  • 1996-05-27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2002-08-24 Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004-07-24 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Wedding of Interest

2005-01-22 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

  • 2005-11-12 Businessman Donald Trump Jr. (27) weds model Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2010-07-16 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida
  • 2010-12-11 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Michael Jordan

2013-04-27 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Sofía Vergara

2015-11-21 Actress Sofia Vergara (43) weds True Blood star Joe Manganiello (38) in Palm Beach, Florida


Famous Deaths

  • 1986-03-07 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81