Florida in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 256

  • 1966-09-24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in the Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1971-06-16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 1971-10-01 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida

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1972-03-25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1972-07-10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • 1972-07-12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for US president in Miami, Florida

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1972-10-15 17 year old American tennis prodigy Chris Evert wins inaugural WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Australian Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-4; Evert not eligible for prize money

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1973-10-23 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final
  • 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
  • 1974-07-15 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast
  • 1974-11-17 Bonnie Bryant becomes the only left-handed player in history to win an LPGA Tour event; scores a 3-stroke victory in the Bill Branch Golf Classic in Fort Myers, 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
  • 1980-05-17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • 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

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1986-03-24 Men's International Professional Tennis Council announces Jimmy Connors' 10 week suspension and $20,000 fine for storming off the court after defaulting against Ivan Lendl at Boca Raton, Florida in February

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 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

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
  • 1991-06-10 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-03-03 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 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, making landfall at Elliott Key and later Homestead; 44 die and $25 billion in damage is recorded
  • 1992-08-26 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and severe damage in Florida
  • 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
  • 1994-06-28 NHL Draft: Windsor Spitfires (OHL) defenceman Ed Jovanovski first pick by Florida Panthers
  • 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
  • 1996-06-10 Stanley Cup Final, Miami Arena, Miami, FA: Uwe Krupp's unassisted goal in triple-OT gives Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over Florida Panthers and a 4 game series sweep
  • 1996-12-14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • 1997-05-12 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-10-01 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • 1997-10-26 World Series Baseball: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Liván Hernández
  • 1997-11-01 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • 1997-12-12 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • 1997-12-12 SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages

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1998-01-10 Vancouver Canucks veteran center Mark Messier becomes the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

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1998-01-15 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Dino Ciccarelli finds his 5th NHL club; traded from Tampa Bay Lightning to 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.

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
  • 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
  • 1999-10-02 #21 University of Alabama football team beats #3 Florida, 40-39 in overtime to snap the Gators' 30-game home win streak; future Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander crosses for 4 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide

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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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 622

  • 1939-01-10 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1939-01-20 Murle Breer, American golfer (US Women's Open 1962), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-03-14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-04-19 Clay Shaw, American politician (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-04-30 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-05-01 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-06-06 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939-06-11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • 1939-06-13 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1939-06-24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-08-30 Elizabeth Ashley, American actress (Coma, Evening Shade), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1939-09-02 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939-11-03 Terrence McNally, American playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in St Petersburg, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1939-11-15 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939-12-09 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-20 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1940-08-14 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-09-05 Lewis Spratlan, American classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner (Life Is A Dream), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940-09-21 Bill Kurtis, American newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida

Person of interestFaye Dunaway

1941-01-14 Faye Dunaway, American actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Bascom, Florida

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • 1941-04-16 Cliff Stearns, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-05-30 Dan Miller, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1942-09-17 Robert Graysmith, American Zodiac killer researcher and author, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1942-12-20 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1943-01-30 Davy Johnson, American baseball player and manager (NY Mets), born in Orlando, 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, American scientist and 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, American guitarist (The Allman Brothers band - Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1944-01-23 Jerry Lawson, American musician (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1944-02-04 Daniel Mica, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-89), born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1944-05-25 Bob Payton, American pizza magnate (The Chicago Pizza Pie Factory), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 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, 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

Person of interestSteve Carlton

1944-12-22 Steve Carlton, American baseball pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82), born in Miami, Florida

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1945-01-25 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1945-07-01 Deborah Harry, American 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, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1946-08-24 Richard N. Richards, American naval officer and astronaut (STS 28, 41, 50, 64), born in Key West, 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], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 1973)
  • 1946-11-11 Corrine Brown, American politician convicted on corruption charges (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2017), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1946-12-10 Walter Orange, American rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot), born in Florida
  • 1947-05-11 Butch Trucks, drummer (The Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1947-09-21 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947-10-09 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster and journalist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1947-11-03 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1947-12-10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1948-01-15 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • 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
  • 1948-10-16 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida

Person of interestSteve Garvey

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

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 1948-12-31 Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-03-28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist noted for work studying circadian rhythms (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2017), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-04-15 Craig Zadan, American film producer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-06-21 Jim Bacchus, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 baseball 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, American singer (The Bellamy Brothers-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)
  • 1950-11-24 Bob [Robert Lewis] Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1951-01-31 KC [Harry Wayne Casey], American disco and funk singer-songwriter and producer (KC & the Sunshine Band - ""That's the Way (I Like It)"; "Get Down Tonight"), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • 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 McCumber, American golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; Tour C'ship 1994), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-04 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-09 Richard Chaves, American actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-12-04 Gary Rossington, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)), 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
  • 1952-10-01 Jacques Martin, Canadian NHL coach, executive (Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rockland, Ontario
  • 1952-11-15 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), born in Sarasota, Florida (d. 2011)

Person of interestJeb Bush

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

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush
  • 1953-05-16 Rick Rhoden, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida

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