Florida in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 225

  • 1966-11-22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • 1967-06-11 Race riot in Tampa, Florida; National Guard mobilizes
  • 1967-07-16 Prison brawl ignites barracks, killing 37 (Jay, Florida)
  • 1968-02-19 1st US teachers' strike (Florida)
  • 1968-08-08 Race riot in Miami, Florida

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1969-03-01 Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1969-05-27 Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1969-08-30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • 1969-10-31 Eastside race riot in Jacksonville, Florida

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1970-01-10 Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open
  • 1970-06-16 Race riots in Miami Florida
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida and Texas
  • 1970-11-07 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida
  • 1971-05-27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1971-06-16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 1971-10-01 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • 1972-03-25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
  • 1972-07-10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • 1972-07-12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for US president in Miami, Florida
  • 1974-04-01 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • 1974-04-08 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1974-12-05 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • 1975-06-09 Fire in prison hospital at Sanford, Florida, kills 10 prisoners and 1 guard
  • 1975-07-01 WEDway People Mover opens in Tomorrowland, Disney World, Florida
  • 1975-07-14 EPCOT Center (Florida) plans announced
  • 1976-05-01 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1977-01-19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.

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

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1978-07-13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • 1979-08-30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dominican Republic
  • 1980-01-28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1980-03-01 Snow falls in Florida
  • 1980-04-14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
  • 1980-04-20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • 1980-05-17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • 1981-04-19 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
  • 1982-01-13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • 1982-04-23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • 1982-10-01 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, Florida

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1983-03-08 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

  • 1983-12-25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • 1985-01-22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • 1985-07-03 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
  • 1986-01-10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • 1986-05-25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • 1988-05-03 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • 1988-05-19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • 1988-06-30 Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won't move to Florida
  • 1988-07-08 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida
  • 1989-01-29 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1989-03-21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • 1989-05-04 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • 1990-06-10 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Florida for obscenity
  • 1990-06-22 Florida passes a law which prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit
  • 1990-07-03 Members of 2 Live Crew formally charged with obscenity in Florida
  • 1990-08-26 2 murdered college students found in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1990-09-15 Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000
  • 1990-10-03 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records
  • 1990-10-20 3 members of 2 Live Crew acquitted on obsenity charges in Florida
  • 1991-06-10 South Florida and Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • 1991-07-26 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater

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1991-08-01 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 1992-03-03 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)
  • 1992-04-09 Florida drops rape charges against NY Mets Gooden, Boston & Coleman
  • 1992-07-18 Sharon Belden, of Florida, 25, crowned Miss World USA
  • 1992-08-24 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die
  • 1992-09-20 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
  • 1993-11-15 13 Cuban refugees land in Florida after stealing a crop-duster in Cuba.
  • 1993-12-11 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • 1994-04-20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • 1994-05-16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • 1994-09-03 Florida's Terry Dean tosses an NCAA football record 7 touchdown passes in the first half as the Gators roll to a 70-21 drubbing of New Mexico State
  • 1995-05-28 Southwestern Florida outside of Tampa begins using new area code 941
  • 1996-03-22 Cheryl Depew of Florida crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • 1996-06-01 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Florida Panthers beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 3
  • 1996-06-10 Stanley Cup: Colo Avalanche sweep Florida Panthers in 4 games
  • 1996-12-14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • 1997-05-12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-12-12 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin

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1998-01-15 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1998-01-29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1998-02-03 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • 1998-02-23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
  • 1998-04-22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1998-05-21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
  • 1999-01-24 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida
  • 1999-07-08 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida

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1999-10-22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1999-11-22 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, and his mother are sighted off of Florida's coast by U.S. Coast Guard
  • 2000-04-03 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida 89-76
  • 2000-04-22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • 2000-12-11 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)
  • 2003-02-02 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
  • 2004-08-13 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2005-07-10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage
  • 2005-08-29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • 2006-04-03 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • 2007-04-02 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
  • 2007-12-08 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 472

  • 1941-04-25 Lawrence J. Smith, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (1983-93), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-01-29 Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida
  • 1942-05-30 Dan Miller, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-06-08 William Calley Jr., American war criminal, convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943-07-03 Norman Thagard, American scientist and astronaut (STS 7, 51-B, 30, 42, 71, Mir), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1943-07-31 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1943-09-17 Samuel T Durrance, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943-10-21 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Person of interestJim Morrison

1943-12-08 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1943-12-12 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1944-07-12 Bill McCollum Jr., American lawyer and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Brooksville, Florida

Person of interestTony La Russa

1944-10-04 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1945-01-25 Walt Wesley, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1945-07-01 Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1945-07-30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1945-08-22 James G Richardson, actor (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1945-10-21 Everett McGill, actor (Jezebel's Kiss, Silver Bullet), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-02-02 Howard Bellamy, vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1946-10-10 Ben Vereen, American actor and dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946-11-05 Gram Parsons, [Cecil Ingram Connor III], Winter Haven Florida, rocker (Byrds)
  • 1946-11-11 Corrine Brown, American politician convicted on corruption charges (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2017), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1946-12-10 Walter "Clyde" Orange, Florida, rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot)
  • 1947-05-11 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1947-09-21 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock musician and songwriter (Eagles), born in Gainesville, 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
  • 1948-12-31 Joe Dallesandro, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, director/writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-03-28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, cicadian rhythms), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-06-21 Jim Bacchus, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1949-08-13 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1949-11-06 Brad Davis, American actor (Roots, Chiefs, Midnight Express), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d.1991)
  • 1949-12-22 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), born in Florida (d. 1984)
  • 1950-02-01 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1950-02-18 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1950-03-13 William H. Macy, American actor (Homicide, Water Engine), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-08-06 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-09-16 David Bellamy, singer (Bellamy Bros-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1950-10-06 Thomas McClary, American soul guitarist and singer (The Commodores), born in Eustis, Florida
  • 1950-10-20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1950-11-01 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1950-11-30 Kathryn Witt, actress (Lenny, Pam-Flying High), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950-12-08 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1951-03-14 Rigdon "Rick" Dees, American actor, voice artist and radio disc jock (The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-07-20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-08-24 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1951-08-28 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951-09-07 Mark R McCumber, American PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-09-08 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, American actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-06-11 Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist (.38 Special), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-07-15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1952-07-19 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1990)
  • 1952-09-25 Jimmy Garvin [James Williams], American professional NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1952-11-15 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, [Poffo], wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), born in Sarasota, Florida

Person of interestJeb Bush

1953-02-11 [John Ellis] Jeb Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 1953-06-01 Diana Canova, American actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1953-06-18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1953-11-01 N Jan Davis, PhD/astronaut (STS 47, 60, 85), born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • 1953-12-08 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953-12-21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-05-10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-06-05 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], Wilton Manors, Florida, American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida)
  • 1954-06-22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)

Person of interestAndre Dawson

1954-07-10 Andre Dawson, American MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1954-07-22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954-08-13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1954-08-28 George Church, American geneticist and synthetic biologist, born in MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • 1954-09-06 Banner Thomas, American rocker (Molly Hatchet), born in Orange Park, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, American rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1954-09-08 Mark Foley, American politician (R) (US Rep Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandal
  • 1954-10-30 JoAnne Russell, tennis player (Wimbledon Double 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-12-13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida

Person of interestChris Evert

1954-12-21 Chris Evert, American tennis player (18 Gram Slam singles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1955-05-21 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-05-22 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1955-05-31 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-01-27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1956-02-11 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1956-03-29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (Olympics), actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956-07-24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • 1956-07-30 Delta Burke, American actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1956-08-08 Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach (Rhein Fire)
  • 1956-08-16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-10-23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957-03-11 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1957-04-01 Peter Deutsch, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1957-05-07 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1957-07-24 Pam Tillis, American country singer (Melancholy Child), born in Plant City, Florida
  • 1957-10-04 Christina Smith, playmate (Mar, 1978), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-06-26 Glen Stewart Godwin, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-07-03 Aaron Tippin, singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida

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Famous Deaths