Florida in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 255 of 255

NHL All-Star Game

2000-02-06 50th NHL All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON: World beats North America, 9-4; MVP: Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers, RW

  • 2000-04-03 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida, 89-76; Spartans only top-4 seed to advance to the Final Four
  • 2000-04-22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.

Election of Interest

2000-11-07 Tim Russert famously declares the outcome of the 2000 Presidential election will depend on "Florida, Florida, Florida" during NBC coverage

  • 2000-12-11 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

Sports History

2002-03-31 Andre Agassi wins his 700th career match and captures his second straight Key Biscayne title with a 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 win over Roger Federer at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida

Sports History

2003-01-11 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons

  • 2003-02-02 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • 2003-10-25 Baseball World Series: Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second title; MVP: Florida pitcher Josh Beckett

Baseball Record

2004-05-01 Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game during 6-3 defeat of Florida in SF

  • 2004-08-13 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2005-06-04 Panamanian jockey Eddie Castro sets a North American record with 9 wins on the 13-race card at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida
  • 2005-07-10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage

Hurricane Katrina

2005-08-29 Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd 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; Gators first title; center Joakim Noah named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2007-04-02 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State, 84-75; Gators' back-to-back titles; forward Corey Brewer named Most Outstanding Player
  • 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 Marlins), in Miami
  • 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)

Election 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

  • 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)

Music Single

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
  • 2014-11-16 Kevin Harvick driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by 1 point from Ryan Newman
  • 2015-04-30 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Historic Event

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

Sports History

2015-11-22 Kyle Busch driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

  • 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

Sports History

2016-11-20 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles

Sports History

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

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

Hurricane Irma

2017-09-10 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

Sports History

2017-11-19 Martin Truex Jr., driving for Furniture Row Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by 5 points from Kyle Busch

  • 2018-02-14 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz shoots and kills 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured
  • 2018-03-14 US students across American commemorate Florida high school shooting with mass walkouts across the country
  • 2018-03-15 Pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapses onto 8-lane highway 5 days after it was built, killing 6
  • 2018-05-05 Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product
  • 2018-08-26 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine
  • 2018-10-10 Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph (250 km/h), going on to kill 27, having killed 15 in Central America

Sports History

2019-02-22 Robert Kraft, owner of NFL team the New England Patriots, charged with soliciting prostitution, as part of human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida

  • 2019-04-08 Record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve
  • 2019-06-25 NHL Draft: Barrie Colts (OHL) defenceman Aaron Ekblad first pick by Florida Panthers
  • 2019-06-26 Two US Florida towns pay hackers considerable ransom to unfreeze their computer systems; Riviera Beach $600,00 and Lake City $500,000
  • 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
  • 2019-09-23 US police officer fired after arresting two six-year-olds at a school on charges of misdemeanour battery in Florida
  • 2019-09-26 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures
  • 2019-10-01 Law allowing teachers to carry guns in schools comes into effect in US state of Florida

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 605

  • 1953-06-14 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953-06-18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band - "Boogie Shoes"), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1953-10-24 Billy Thomas, American singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You), born in Fort Meyers, Florida
  • 1953-11-01 Jan Davis, American 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 (d. 2020)
  • 1954-05-10 Jeff Apple, American film producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954-06-05 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida), born in Wilton Manors, Florida
  • 1954-06-22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)

Andre Dawson

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

  • 1954-08-13 Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Cuban-American attorney and politician (Rep-R-Florida), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1954-08-28 George Church, American geneticist and synthetic biologist, born in MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • 1954-09-06 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Orange Park, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954-09-07 Benmont Tench, American rock keyboardist (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1954-09-08 Mark Foley, American politician (Rep-(R)-Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandal, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1954-10-30 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 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

Chris Evert

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

  • 1955-02-05 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1955-05-21 Stan Lynch, American rock drummer (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1976-94), producer, and songwriter, 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, American golfer, writer, broadcaster (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1973), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1976; LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland TBs), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955-09-19 Rex Smith, American actor (Pirates of Penzance), and singer ("You Take My Breath Away"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1956-01-27 Mimi Rogers [Miriam Spickler], American actress (The Rapture; Paper Dolls; Weapons of Mass Distraction), and producer, 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 (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), and actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1956-06-09 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), 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
  • 1956-08-16 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1956-10-23 Betsy Nagelsen, American tennis player, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957-01-19 Ottis Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 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, American politician (US Representative (D)-Florida, 1993-2005), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 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
  • 1957-09-04 Khandi Alexander, American actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1957-10-08 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1958-06-26 Glen Stewart Godwin, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958-07-03 Aaron Tippin, American country singer ("You've Got to Stand for Something"), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958-07-19 Robert Gibson, American professional wrestler, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958-07-25 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1958-10-20 Razor Ramon [Scott Hall], American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in St Mary's County, Maryland
  • 1958-11-23 David Wallace, American actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-01-10 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-02-17 Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley 1984; 5 x World C'ship gold 1978, 82) and broadcaster (NBC), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1959-03-23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959-04-02 Dean Townson, American country music bassist (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed 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, American physician and member of the Kennedy family (accused of rape in Florida, 1991), born in Brighton, Massachusetts

Tim Raines

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

  • 1959-12-08 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1960-02-27 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1960-05-17 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-06-19 Patti Rizzo, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour wins), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1960-07-23 Al Perez, American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1960-09-05 Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1960-09-14 Anthony Addabbo, American actor (Jason-Generations), born in Coral Gables, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1960-10-04 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1960-12-22 Luther Campbell, American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-12-28 Terri Garber, American actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1961-02-25 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), born in Hollywood, Florida (d. 1993)
  • 1961-04-15 Lynne Austin, American model (First Hooters girl), Playboy playmate (Jul, 1986), born in Plant City, Florida
  • 1961-08-21 Danny Sheaffer, American MLB catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-09-22 Dot Richardson, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1961-09-22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder (6 x NL stolen base leader), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961-12-20 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-03-28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler (The Warlord), born in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • 1962-03-29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball outfielder, executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962-04-02 Billy Dean, American country singer ("Young Man"; "Fire in the Dark"), born in Quincy, Florida
  • 1962-04-13 Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-04-16 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1962-04-18 Wilber Marshall, American College Football HOF linebacker (Uni of Florida; Super Bowl 1985 Chicago Bears, 1991 Washington Redskins; 3 x Pro Bowl; 2 x All Pro), born in Titusville, Florida
  • 1962-05-10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1962-07-17 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-07-23 Terry-Jo Myers, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 1998 Ben Hogan Award), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • 1962-07-26 Jody Reed, American 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
  • 1962-09-28 Laurie Rinker-Graham, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1987 3rd), born in Stuart, 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, American 470 sailor (Olympics-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-02-06 Mike Hough, Canadian NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-03-01 Magnus Svensson, Swedish ice hockey defenseman (Olympic gold 1994; NHL: Florida Panthers), born in Tranås, Sweden
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-05-07 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1963-06-25 Mike Stanley, American baseball player (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-07-31 Brian Skrudland, Canadian NHL center (fastest goal in playoff OT-0:09 seconds Game 2 1986), born in Peace River, Alberta
  • 1963-09-04 John Vanbiesbrouck, American NHL goalie (Team USA, Florida), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963-10-31 Fred McGriff, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-11-08 Dwight Smith, American outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1964-01-05 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida

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