Florida in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 200

  • 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)
  • 1974-04-01 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1979-04-22 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament
  • 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
  • 1988-07-08 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
  • 1990-06-22 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
  • 1991-07-05 Lillian Cucuzza wins name Florida baseball team contest (Marlins)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 2010-05-29 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • 2011-10-15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • 2012-08-06 "Cruise" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2013)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012-11-10 The final US presidential election results are declared after Barack Obama wins Florida to defeat Mitt Romney 332-206 in Electoral College votes

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • 2013-01-04 3 people are killed after a Beechcraft BE35 crashes into a house in Florida
  • 2013-12-16 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)
  • 2014-02-10 "This Is How We Roll" single released by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan (Billboard Song of the Year 2014)
  • 2014-09-18 8 people (including 2 children) are shot dead in Bell, Florida
  • 2015-04-30 2015 NFL Draft: Jameis Winston from Florida State first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2015-06-15 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 2016-03-09 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • 2016-03-10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2016-04-29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)
  • 2016-06-12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US

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2017-04-06 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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2017-05-29 Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

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2017-06-09 Tennis player Venus Williams causes car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2017-09-09 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys in the US as a category 3 hurricane
  • 2017-09-11 Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia
  • 2017-09-13 Nursing home inhabitants rescued after losing their air-conditioning in aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida, 11 die

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 348

  • 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)
  • 1950-02-01 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 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)
  • 1950-11-30 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
  • 1951-07-20 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)
  • 1951-09-07 Mark R McCumber, 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, actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-07-15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-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, 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
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, 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

Person of interestChris Evert

1954-12-21 [Christine] Chris Evert, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles 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
  • 1956-07-24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • 1956-07-30 Delta Burke, 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)
  • 1957-07-24 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, 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
  • 1958-11-23 David Wallace, actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-03-23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-04-02 Dean Townson, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1959-05-16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-07-02 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-08-02 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-09-04 William Kennedy Smith, Kennedy accused of rape in Florida (1991)

Person of interestTim Raines

1959-09-16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1959-10-20 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1959-12-08 Mark Dickson, tennis star, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1959-12-08 Marty Raybon, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1960-03-19 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1960-05-17 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-07-03 Jack Daugherty, baseball player, born in Hialeah, Florida.
  • 1960-07-07 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-09-05 Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1960-10-04 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida

Person of interestHoward Johnson

1960-11-29 Howard Johnson, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
  • 1960-12-28 Terri Garber, actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1961-02-01 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-04-18 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • 1961-08-15 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-09-22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-03-29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball player and executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-04-16 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-07-31 Wesley Snipes, American actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-10-30 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962-11-14 Morgan Reeser, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-01-13 Felita Carr, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-02-06 Mike Hough, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-02-09 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-03-01 Magnus Svensson, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-06-02 Jay B Cooper, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Jamaica), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963-06-25 Mike Stanley, catcher (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths