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8,000BC    About 10,000 years ago a tribe of Indians lived in the Florida panhandle at the Aucilla River for a few generations near the present town of Perry. The site was nearly 100 miles inland. Within a hundred years rising water flooded the village and sealed the remains under a layer of clay.
    (SFC, 11/11/96, p.D1)(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.17)

c500BC-500AD    A Tequesta burial site, discovered in 1998 and known as the Miami Circle, dated to this time.
    (AM, 9/01, p.18)

c800-1700    The Calusa Indian tribe, nicknamed "The Fierce Ones," dominated Florida’s Gulf coast from about 800 to 1700. They escaped from Florida to Cuba in the early 1700s after Spanish soldiers and other tribes overran their region.
    (AP, 3/14/04)(AM, 11/04, p.47)

c1000    The Calusa Indians of southern Florida avoided the Mississippian transformation and maintained their ancient lifeways based on fishing and collecting.
    (AM, 7/97, p.75)

1513        Mar 27, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
    (AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)

1513        Apr 2, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish explorer, discovered Florida and planted orange and lemon trees there. [see March 27, 1512 entry] He also discovered the Dry Tortugas, 10 small keys southwest of Key West. The Spanish governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon, discovered Florida and named it Pascua Florida, "feast of the flowers." His discovery was made during his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.10)(NH, 4/97, p.317)(AP, 4/2/97)(SFEC, 1/2/00, Z1 p.2)(HNQ, 3/9/00)

1513        Apr 8,    Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition began exploring the Florida coastline.
    (AP, 4/8/07)

1513        Calusa Indians in catamaran canoes attacked Spanish ships under Ponce de Leon in the southwest Florida and both sides suffered casualties.
    (AM, 11/04, p.49)

1519        Feb 15, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, explorer (found St. Augustine, Florida), was born.
    (MC, 2/15/02)

1521        Ponce de Leon returned to Key Marco in southwest Florida, where he was again repulsed by the Calusa Indians and died from an arrow wound.
    (AM, 11/04, p.49)

1526        Jul 26, The Spaniard Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon and his colonists left Santo Domingo in the Caribbean for Florida.
    (HN, 7/26/98)

1527        Don Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish soldier, was appointed 2nd in command under Panfilo de Narvaez (47), to explore the recently discovered land of Florida.
    (ON, 10/03, p.1)

1528        Apr 14, A Spanish expedition, led by Panfilo de Narvaez, arrived at the west coast of Florida with 400 soldiers and 42 horses.
    (ON, 10/03, p.1)

1528        May 1, The Spanish Narvaez expedition began an inland march to Florida with some 300 men and 40 horses.
    (ON, 10/03, p.1)

1528        Jul 19, The Spanish Narvaez expedition retreated from the Indian town of Appalachen (north Florida) to search for their ships on the Gulf Coast.
    (ON, 10/03, p.2)

1528        Jul 30, The Spanish Narvaez expedition captured the Indian town of Aute (Florida).
    (ON, 10/03, p.2)

1528        Sep 22, The Spanish Narvaez expedition, reduced by disease and combat to 250 men, completed 5 barges and headed west. [see Texas, 1528]
    (ON, 10/03, p.2)

1528        Sep 28, A Spanish fleet sank in Florida hurricane;  380 died.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1539        May 28, Hernando de Soto sailed from Cuba to Florida with 13 pigs to help sustain his 700 men on his gold-hunting expedition. [see May 30]
    (ON, 4/01, p.4)(MC, 5/28/02)

1539        May 30, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers in search of gold. Hernando de Soto returned to the New World at the head of a 1,000-man expedition into North America. He landed near present-day Tampa Bay and proceeded through what is now Alabama and Tennessee, making treaties with some Indian, viciously fighting with others.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.15)(AP, 5/30/97)(HN, 5/30/98)(HNQ, 10/11/00)

1539        Jun 3, Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain. In 1922 Lippincott published "Narratives of de Soto in Florida." The translated texts included "A Narrative of de Soto’s Expedition Based on the Diary of Rodrigo Rangel" by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes."
    (HN, 6/3/98)(ON, 4/01, p.5)

1559        Aug 14, Spanish explorer de Luna entered Pensacola Bay, Florida.
    (HN, 8/14/98)

1559        Sep 19, 5 Spanish ships sank in a storm off Tampa. About 600 died.
    (MC, 9/19/01)

1559        1,500 Spanish settlers sailed from Vera Cruz to found a settlement on Pensacola Bay in Florida, but were repulsed by hostile Indians. A Spanish settlement was founded in the area of Pensacola, Fl., but its exact location is a mystery.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(AP, 3/24/06)

1561        Sep 23, Philip II of Spain gave orders to halt colonizing efforts in Florida. The French took advantage of the opportunity.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.20)(HN, 9/23/98)

1562        May 1, The 1st French colonists in the US, a 5-vessel Huguenot expedition led by Jean Ribault (1520-1565), landed in Florida. He continued north and established a colony named Charlesfort at Parris Island, SC.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.47)(www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0841765.html)

1564        Jun 22, A 3-ship French expedition under René de Laudonničre arrived in Florida and built Fort Caroline. French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues was part of the expedition.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.47)(www.cla.sc.edu/sciaa/staff/depratterc/chas2.html)(WSJ, 7/18/08, p.W8)

1565        Aug 28, A Spanish expedition under Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived at an inlet on the Florida coast on the feast day of St. Augustine and gave the theologian’s name to the encampment.
    (WSJ, 7/18/08, p.W8)

1564        Sep 4, A 10-ship Spanish fleet under Pedro Menendez de Aviles made landfall in Florida. Menendez was under orders from Phillip II to oust the French.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.47)

1565        Sep 20, A Spanish fleet under Pedro Menendez de Aviles wiped out some 350 Frenchmen at Fort Caroline, in Florida. Spanish forces under Pedro Menendez massacred a band of French Huguenots that posed a potential threat to Spanish hegemony in the area. They also took advantage of the local Timucuan Indian tribe. Artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues managed to escape and return to France, where he painted watercolors depicting the local botany. His alleged paintings of Indians living nearby were later thrown into question.
    (WSJ, 8/3/95, p.A-8)(Arch, 1/05, p.47)(WSJ, 7/18/08, p.W8)(Arch, 5/05, p.31)(Arch, 1/06, p.25)

1564        Sep 13, On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at San Agostin, Florida, Jean Ribault's French fleet was scattered by a devastating storm.
    (HN, 9/13/98)

1565        Sep 20, A Spanish fleet under Pedro Menendez de Aviles wiped out the French at Fort Caroline, in Florida. Spanish forces under Pedro Menendez massacred a band of French Huguenots that posed a potential threat to Spanish hegemony in the area. They also took advantage of the local Timucuan Indian tribe. Artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues managed to escape and return to France, where he painted watercolors depicting the local botany. His alleged paintings of Indians living nearby were later thrown into question.
    (WSJ, 8/3/95, p.A-8)(HN, 9/20/98)(Arch, 1/05, p.47)(WSJ, 7/18/08, p.W8)(Arch, 5/05, p.31)

1565        Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spanish Florida’s 1st governor, led an expedition to the Calusa and stationed a small garrison at Calos. The garrison withdrew in 1568.
    (AM, 11/04, p.50)

1566        Feb 13, St. Augustine, Florida, was established. [see Sep 8, 1565]
    (MC, 2/13/02)

1568        May 3, French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.
    (HN, 5/3/98)

1587        Richard Hakluyt, English clergyman and geographer, wrote "A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages Made by Certaine French Captains unto Florida."
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(Arch, 5/05, p.29)

1591        Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry published “A Brief Narration of Those Things Which Befell the French in the Province of Florida" in Latin and Germany editions. It focused on the 1564-1565 French settlement of Fort Caroline. The book included 42 engravings said to be based on water color paintings by Jacques de Moyne de Morgues (d.1588), who had accompanied the French expedition. Moyne also provided a narrative and a map. In 1946 Stefan Lorant translated Moyne’s text into English and reproduced his engravings and map in “The New World."
    (Arch, 5/05, p.28)

1600        Dona Maria, a Timucuan Indian woman, was chief of Nombre de Dios, a Spanish Franciscan mission town. 6 years later she inherited the position of chief of San Pedro de Mocama on Cumberland Island, Georgia.
    (AM, 7/01, p.22)

1602        Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary from Italy, created the first Chinese map to show the Americas, at the request of Emperor Wanli. The map identified Florida as "the Land of Flowers" and put China at the center of the world. Ricci was among the first Westerners to live in what is now Beijing in the early 1600s. He became known for introducing Western science to China. In October, 2009, one such Ricci maps, one of only two in good condition, was purchased by the James Ford Bell Trust for $1 million, making it the 2nd most expensive rare map ever sold.
    (AP, 1/12/10)

1622        Sep 6, A Spanish silver fleet disappeared off Florida Keys; thousands died. The Santa Margarita, discovered off of Key West in 1980 by pioneering shipwreck salver Mel Fisher, was bound for Spain when it sank in a hurricane in 1622.
    (MC, 9/6/01)(AP, 6/18/07)

1696        Sep 23, A squall drove the ship Reformation aground on the east coast of Florida. Quaker merchant Jonathan Dickinson along with his family, 11 slaves, 8 seamen and Capt. Joseph Kirle were on route to Philadelphia from Jamaica.
    (ON, 9/00, p.3)

1696        cSep 30, The Reformation castaways encountered a 2nd Indian tribe after paddling north for 2 days in a canoe provided by Indians at their initial landing. They were taken to a village, near present-day Vero Beach, and encountered castaways from the bark Nantwich, which had sailed from Port Royal in the same convoy.
    (ON, 9/00, p.5)

1696        Nov 2, A Spanish company of soldiers took the Dickinson and Nantwich party in custody and escorted them north to St. Augustine. They arrive on Nov 19 after 5 people died from exposure enroute.
    (ON, 9/00, p.5)

1698        The Spanish established Presidio Santa Maria de Galve (later Pensacola, Florida).
    (AP, 3/24/06)

1699        Jonathan Dickinson (d.1722), after resuming his mercantile business in Philadelphia, authored "God’s Protecting Providence," a journal of his Florida ordeal.
    (ON, 9/00, p.5)

1700s        Several dozen members of the Calusa Indian tribe, nicknamed "The Fierce Ones," escaped from Florida to Cuba in the early 1700s after Spanish soldiers and other tribes overran their region.
    (AP, 3/14/04)

1701          The English slave ship Henrietta Marie sank 35 miles off Key West, Florida, on its way back to Europe. It had delivered 188 captured Africans to a slave broker in Jamaica in exchange for sugar and other goods bound for England. The wreck was found in 1972.
    (SFC, 8/12/96, p.C5)(WSJ, 6/2/98, p.A20)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.C12)

1702        Oct 27, English troops plundered St. Augustine, Florida.
    (MC, 10/27/01)

1704        English forces attacked Apalachee Indians in Florida driving them into slavery and exile. Some 800 Apalachee fled west to French-held Mobile.
    (WSJ, 3/9/05, p.A1)

1715        Jul 30, Eleven of twelve Spanish ships carrying gold and silver disappeared in a hurricane near Vero Beach, Florida.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1715_Treasure_Fleet)

1719        The French captured and burned the Spanish settlement Presidio Santa Maria de Galve (later Pensacola, Florida), but handed Pensacola back to Spain three years later. Hurricanes forced the Spanish to repeatedly rebuild.
    (AP, 3/24/06)

1739        Apr 9, British Captain Robert Jenkins lost an ear to a band of Spanish brigands, starting a war between Britain and Spain: The War of Jenkins' Ear. [see Oct 19,1739]
    (EWH, 4th ed, p.555)(HN, 4/9/02)

1739        Oct 19, England declared war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The War is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins. [see Apr 9, 1739]
    (EWH, 4th ed, p.555)(HN, 10/19/98)

1750        The Ais Indians of Florida were wiped out. In 2004 a site on Hutchinson Island, inhabited by the Ais, revealed 2 thousand year old burials.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.13)

1771        Mark Catesby had his work: "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands" printed in London.
    (WSJ, 7/7/98, p.A14)

1809        Oct 27, President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of West Florida. Settlers there had rebelled against Spanish authority.
    (HN, 10/27/98)

1810        Oct 27, US annexes West Florida from Spain.
    (MC, 10/27/01)

1811        Jan 15, In a secret session, Congress planned to annex Spanish East Florida.
    (HN, 1/15/99)

1814        Nov 7, Andrew Jackson attacked and captured Pensacola, Florida, defeating the Spanish and driving out a British force.
    (HN, 11/7/98)

1816        Jul 27, US troops destroyed the Seminole Fort Apalachicola, to punish the Indians for harboring runaway slaves.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1817        Nov 20, 1st Seminole War began in Florida. [see Nov 27]
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1817        Nov 27, US soldiers attacked a Florida Indian village and began the Seminole War. [see Nov 20]
    (MC, 11/27/01)

1818        Apr 7, Gen. Andrew Jackson captured St. Marks, Fla., from the Seminole Indians.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

1818        Apr 18, A regiment of Indians and blacks was defeated at the Battle of Suwanna, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War.
    (HN, 4/18/99)

1818        May 24, Gen. Andrew Jackson captured Pensacola, Florida.
    (MC, 5/24/02)

1819        Feb 22, Spain signed the Adams-Onis Treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida. Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida. Spain renounced claims to Oregon Country. [see 1821]
    (AP, 2/22/99)(HN, 2/22/99)

1820        Oct 20, Spain sold a part of Florida to US for $5 million. [see Feb 22, 1821]
    (MC, 10/20/01)

1821        Feb 22, The Adams-Onis Treaty became final, whereby Spain gave up all of Florida to the US. The boundary between Mexico and the Louisiana Purchase was established and the US renounced all claims to Texas.
    (AH, 2/06, p.15)

1821        Jul 17, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. [see Feb 22]
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1821        Jul 17, Andrew Jackson became the governor of Florida.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1822        Mar 30, Congress combined East and West Florida into the Florida Territory.
    (AP, 3/30/97)(MC, 3/30/02)

1837          Oct 21, During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops under Gen. Thomas S. Jesup (1788-1860) sieged the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida and sent to a jail in North Carolina, where he later died. Jesup's trickery outraged the American public.
    (HN, 10/21/98)(DoW, 1999, p.435)

1837        Dec 25, In the Battle of Okeechobee US forces defeated the Seminole Indians.
    (MC, 12/25/01)

1840        A US no-bail-out policy forced some state into default. Several US states had loaded up on unsustainable debt following an extended period of easy credit. These states consequently found payments on their existing bonds increasingly unaffordable. Between 1841 and 1843 Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and one territory – a proto-state called Florida – defaulted.
    (Econ, 2/11/12, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/6pgf4wq)

1840s         A Spaniard shipped the first grapefruit trees to Florida.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.B3)

1842        Aug 14, Seminole War ended and the Indians were moved from Florida to Oklahoma.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1845        Mar 3, Florida became the 27th state.
    (AP, 3/3/98)

1848        A female slave was executed for killing her owner.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A6)

1857        The Florida House Inn on Amelia Island dates to this time.
    (SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T13)

1860         Nov, Abraham Lincoln won the US presidential elections with a majority of the electoral votes in a 4-way race. Following his election South Carolina seceded from the Union followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)

1860        US sailors intercepted 3 American slave ships on their way to Cuba. The Wildfire, the William and the Bogota carried some 1,432 African slaves from the area of Benin and Congo to be sold in Cuba. The slaves were taken to Key West for 3 months and then returned to Africa.
    (SSFC, 2/8/04, p.C12)

1861        Jan 6, Florida troops seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
    (MC, 1/6/02)

1861        Jan 10, Florida became the 3rd state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)(MC, 1/10/02)

1861        Feb 4, Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. They included Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy.
    (AP, 2/4/97)(ON, 11/00, p.1)

1861        Mar 8, St. Augustine, Florida, surrendered to Union armies.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1861        Sep 13, In the 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sank privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla.
    (MC, 9/13/01)

1861-1865    During the Civil War Amelia Island, the state's northernmost barrier island, was occupied by Union troops.
    (SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T12)

1862        May 9, Battle of Ft. Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CSA.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1862        The first crude desalination plant was installed in Key West, Florida, to support military personnel at Fort Zachary Taylor.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.D3)

1863        Mar 20, Battle of Pensacola, Florida- evacuated by Federals.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1863        Dec 11, Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline entered St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and began bombardment of both Confederate Quarters and Saltworks.
    (HN, 12/11/98)

1864        Feb 7, Federal troops occupied Jacksonville, Florida.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1864        Feb 20, Confederate troops defeated a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.
    (HN, 2/20/99)

1865        Mar 6, The last Confederate victory of the Civil War occurred at Natural Bridge crossing near Tallahassee, Fla., when the forces of Union Gen’l. John Newton were routed by entrenched southerners.
    (HT, 3/97, p.10) (HN, 3/6/98)

1865        Mar 25, Battle of Bluff Spring, FL.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1866        Apr 2, Pres. ended war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1868        Jun 25, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were re-admitted to the Union.
    (AP, 6/25/97)

1875        Jul 21, A 12-12 partisan split in the Florida Senate ended when GOP legislator Elisha G. Johnson was killed by a shotgun blast to the face.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)

1876        Nov 7, The presidential vote between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden was very close. The Florida result would determine the national outcome.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)

1876        Dec 6, US Electoral College picked Republican Hayes as president, although Tilden won the popular election. A questionable vote count in Florida ended and Hayes was ahead by 924 votes. The Democratic attorney general validated the Tilden electors.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)(MC, 12/6/01)

1877        Jan 1, The state Supreme Court rejected a canvassing board vote count that showed Hayes in the lead by 208 votes. The Democratic legislature ordered a recount and named Mr. Tilden’s electors as rightful. The matter went to the US Congress after the state Supreme Court declined to take up the case until June.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)

1877        Jan 29, A highly partisan Electoral Commission, made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats, was established by Congress to settle the issue of Democrat Samuel Tilden for president against Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Under the terms of the Tilden-Hayes Election Compromise, Hayes became president and the Republicans agreed to remove the last Federal troops from Southern territory, ending Reconstruction. On election night, 1876, it was clear that Tilden had won the popular vote, but it was also clear that votes in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oregon were fraudulent because of voter intimidation. Republicans knew that if the electoral votes from these four states were thrown out, Hayes would win. The country hovered near civil war as both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory. Illustrator Thomas Nast drew his cartoon, "Tilden or Blood," showing the Democrats threatening violence.
    (HNPD, 1/29/99)(PCh, 1992, p.542)

1877         Mar 2, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote 50.1 to 47.95%. A special US congressional panel had awarded Florida’s electors to Rutherford B. Hayes.
    (PCh, 1992, p.542)(AP, 3/2/98)(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)
    http://condor.stcloudstate.edu/~brixr01/theTIMEMACHINE.html

1881        Aug 27, A hurricane hit Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1881        Hamilton Disston (1844-1896) negotiated with Florida Governor Bloxham and the Internal Improvement Fund to drain all of the lands overflowed by Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River in exchange for one-half the reclaimed land. Disston also purchased outright from the State four million acres of overflowed lands at 25 cents an acre. He dug 80 miles of drainage canals before he ran out of money.
    (www.tommymarkham.com/OCF/ocf01.htm)(Sm, 3/06, p.52)

1893-1894    Clarence Bloomfield Moore excavated 83 Indian mounds in Florida using his steamer Gopher of Philadelphi as a research station.
    (AM, 7/00, p.56)

1895        Mar 15, Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, appeared before a judge for altering cattle brands.
    (HN, 3/15/00)

1896        Mar 2, Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, was sentenced to two years of hard labor in the state pen for cattle rustling. He would only serve a small portion of the sentence.
    (HN, 3/2/00)

1896        Jul 28, The city of Miami, Fla., was incorporated.
    (AP, 7/28/97)

1896        Henry Flagler built the Palm Beach Inn, later called the Breakers, in Palm Beach, Florida, as he developed the area.
    (WSJ, 6/24/08, p.D7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Flagler)

1897        Jan 2, The S.S. Commodore, a small American ship used to smuggle weapons to Cuba, sank off the coast of Florida. Writer Stephen Crane was aboard, along with a crew of 11 and 16 Cuban rebel soldiers. Crane based his 1897 short story, “The Open Boat," on his survival experience in a lifeboat.
    (ON, 4/10, p.9)

1897        The Queen Anne style Bailey House on Amelia Island was built.
    (SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T13)

c1900        Florida’s wineries were wiped out by Pierce’s disease. Growers then switched to orange trees.
    (SFC,11/22/97, p.D4)

1903        Mar 14, The 1st national bird reservation was established in Sebastian, Florida.
    (MC, 3/14/02)

1903        Frederick R. Swift authored "Florida Fancy."
    (AM, 7/00, p.56)

1903        Pres. Theodore Roosevelt set aside the 5 acres of Pelican Island to protect pelicans and other birds from hunters. This began the wildlife refuge system that grew to 537 national wildlife refuges in 2001.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.A2)

1904        Jan 27, Willie Vanderbilt (1878-1944) reached 92.3 mph in his new German motorcar at the Daytona Beach Road Course at Ormond Beach, Florida, establishing a new land speed record. He was the 2nd child and first son of William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alva Erskine Smith.
    (Econ, 12/22/07, p.122)(www.racechase.com/ftopic254.html)

1904        Apr 13, In Pensacola, Fl., an explosion on the US battleship Missouri killed 29 men and injured 5 men, of whom 2 died later.
    (SFC, 4/15/06, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/6hkedu)

1909        St. Cloud, Florida, was founded as a colony for Union veterans. Some prominent investors from Washington, D.C., doing business as the Seminole Land Investment Company, secured a purchase option on 32,000 acres of land on the southern shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Osceola County, Florida. In response to advertisements in the National Tribune, the nationally distributed newspaper of the Grand Army of the Republic (a large organization for Union veterans commonly called the GAR), more than 1,000 former soldiers in blue bought land in St. Cloud sight unseen. For $50, soon raised to $100, a veteran could purchase a house lot in the city and five acres in the countryside.
    (HNQ, 6/30/01)

1910        Carl Graham Fisher  (1874-1939), on a vacation to Miami about this time, saw potential in the swampy, bug-infested stretch of land between Miami and the ocean, and in his mind transformed the 3,500 acres of mangrove swamp and beach into the perfect vacation destination for his automobile industry friends, which he called "Miami Beach." He and his wife bought a vacation home there in 1912 and he began acquiring land. In 2000 Mark Foster authored “Castles in the Sand: The Life and Times of Carl Graham Fisher." In 1913 Fisher conceived and helped develop the Lincoln Highway, the first road for the automobile across the entire United States of America. As a serial entrepreneur he developed much of Miami Beach.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_G._Fisher)(Econ, 12/20/08, p.116)

1910        There was a murder in Florida later described by Peter Matthiessen (b.1927) in his 1997 book "Lost Man’s River." It was part of his Watson trilogy. The first part was titled "Killing Mr. Watson" (1990).
    (SFC,11/22/97, p.D1)(SFEC,12/797, p.B11)

1913        May 20, Henry Morrison Flagler (b.1830), US tycoon, real estate promoter, railroad developer and Rockefeller partner in Standard Oil, died. He was a key figure in the development of the eastern coast of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean and was founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway. He is known as the father of Miami, Florida.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Flagler)

1914        Florida’s Jacksonville Zoo began with a single red deer fawn.
    (LP, Spring 2006, p.61)

1914        Jan, The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line became the world’s first regularly scheduled airline service. Scheduled service on the first winged airline, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, treated a passenger or two to a wooden seat, fresh Florida air, and salt spray in the face.
    (HN, 6/1/98)(NPub, 2002, p.9)

1916        In Miami industrialist James Deering (d.1925) built the Vizcaya villa in Italian Renaissance style with formal gardens as his winter home on S. Miami Ave. The local government acquired the villa in 1952 and turned it into a museum.
    (Hem. 1/95, p. 60)(WSJ, 7/9/99, p.W2)(WSJ, 8/31/01, p.W2)

1916        Sidney J. Catts won the election for governor on the Prohibition Party ticket. He lost the Democratic primary following a recount to William Knott, whom he initially led. The state Supreme Court ruled Knott the winner of the primary by 21 votes. Catts was later accused of nepotism and replied: "Any old cats that do not take care of their kittens is not worth a damn.’
    (WSJ, 12/13/00, p.A24)

1919        Chalk’s Ocean Airways was founded to fly tourists and fisherman from Florida to the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 12/20/05, p.A4)

1920        Nov 2, In Ocoee, Fla., on election day gunfire erupted after 2 black men tried to vote. By the next day a number of residents, black and white, lay dead.
    (WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)

1923        Jan 2, A Ku Klux Klan surprise attack on a black residential area of Rosewood, Fla., killed 8 people. The all-black town of Rosewood, a north Florida community of 120 people, was burned to the ground. A white woman fearful of being caught in an affair, falsely claimed that she was raped and beaten by a black man. Violence exploded as a white mob tried to string up a black man for information on an alleged rape. At least 6 black and 2 white died and almost every building was burned. In 1994 the Florida legislature provided up to $2 million in compensation to survivors. Nine survivors won a $2 million settlement in 1995. In 1996 the event was recreated in the film "Rosewood" by John Singleton.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.43)(SFC, 9/24/97, p.C2) (SFC, 2/5/00, p.A3)(MC, 1/2/02)

1923        The Florida Blue Key, a leadership honorary, was founded at the Univ. of Florida to organize a Dad’s Day.
    (SFC, 4/17/98, p.A5)

1923        Florida took delivery of its first and only electric chair to execute convicts. The 3-leged chair was built by convicts.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A26)

1924        Oct, D.P. Davis put up 2 island developments for sale near Tampa, Florida. The entire 875 acres, much of it still under water, sold out for $18 million.
    (WSJ, 8/3/05, p.B1)

1924        Florida abolished income and inheritance taxes to attract investors.
    (WSJ, 8/3/05, p.B1)

1926        Mar 3, International Greyhound Racing Association formed in Miami, FL.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1926        Sep 18, A hurricane hit South Florida killing about 400 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless. The category 4 storm became known as the Great Miami Hurricane.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.116)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.27)

1926        Sep 21, San Francisco held a benefit to raise money for victims of a Florida hurricane that killed 374-600 people.
    (SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)

1926        The Tampa Theater at 711 N. Franklin was built.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.T8)

1926        The Florida land bubble burst following a severe hurricane. One Miami Beach business lot had reportedly surged in value from $800 to $150,000.
    (WSJ, 2/1/00, p.B1)

1927        The Ringling Brothers Circus and Barnum and Bailey began to set up winter quarters in Sarasota.
    (WSJ, 4/1/99, p.A20)

1928        Sep 12, A major hurricane hit Florida. [see Sep 17]
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1928        Sep 17, A hurricane hit Lake Okeechobee, Florida. A levee broke and some 1,800 people drowned. In 2003 the number dead was revised to at least 2,500. In 2003 Eliot Kleinberg authored “Black Cloud: The Great Florida Hurricane of 1928."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_Okeechobee_Hurricane)(http://tinyurl.com/9z8o6)

1929        Mar 11, Major Seagrave broke the auto speed record in Daytona Beach. He reached an average of 223.2 mph in a 450 horse powered Golden Arrow.
    (HN, 3/11/98)

1929        Aug 17, James Horace Alderman, convicted of murdering 2 Coast Guardsmen and a Secret Service agent in 1927, was hanged at 5:00 a.m. at Coast Guard Base 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was reported in the media that Alderman's neck was broken and he died a painless death. In fact, Alderman kicked and strangled for a full twelve minutes before being pronounced dead by a local doctor. He was the only person ever executed on Coast Guard property.
    (www.jacksjoint.com/hanging.htm)

1930s        The US Army Corps of Engineers, at the behest of state and federal governments, built a new levee around Florida’s’ Lake Okeechobee to dam the southward flood.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.31)

1931        May 22, Canned rattlesnake meat 1st went on sale in Florida.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1931        Ernest Hemingway purchased a home in Key West.
    (SFEC, 10/1/00, p.T4)

1933        Feb 15, President-elect Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Giuseppa Zangara, an unemployed New Jersey bricklayer from Italy, fired five pistol shots at the back of President-elect Franklin Roosevelt's head from only twenty-five feet away. While all five rounds missed their target, each bullet found a separate victim. One of these was Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago. Gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later, on March 20. [see Mar 6, 20]
    (WSJ, 5/24/00, p.A24)(AP, 2/15/07)

1933        James and Ralph Ryder (d.2000 at 90) acquired their 1st truck, a Model A Ford, for $35. They proceeded to grow their business to one of the world’s largest truck leasing operations.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, p.B8)

1934        Jacksonville Junior College was founded as a two year college. In 1958 it shifted its focus to four-year university degrees and adopted the name of Jacksonville University.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville_University)

1935        Jan 4, Ft. Jefferson National Monument was established in Florida.
    (MC, 1/4/02)

1935        Jan 16, US federal agents killed gangsters Ma Barker and Freddy, one of her 4 sons, at Lake Weir, Fla.
    (AH, 2/05, p.16)

1935        Mar 7, Malcolm Campbell set an auto speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.
    (HN, 3/7/98)

1935        Sep 2, A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. Estimates of the dead reached 500-800. Some 260 WW I veterans were killed in the Labor Day hurricane as well as over 160 permanent residents. In 2002 Willie Drye authored “The Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935."
    (WSJ, 4/2/07, p.B1)(AP, 9/2/07)(AH, 2/03, p.59)

1937        May 23, John Davison Rockefeller (97), industrialist, died in Ormond Beach, Fla. In 1998 Ron Chernow published this biography: "Titan: The Life of John D, Rockefeller, Sr." His value in 1999 dollars totaled $190 billion.
    (AP, 5/23/97)(WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W1)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Par p.7)(MC, 5/23/02)

1939        Jun 4, During what became known as the "Voyage of the Damned," the SS St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast. Also denied permission to dock in Cuba, the ship eventually returned to Europe; many of the refugees later died in Nazi concentration camps.
    (AP, 6/4/99)

1937        Jun 11, Johnny Brown, comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), was born in St Petersburg, Fla.
    (SC, 6/11/02)

1938        Florida passed a law making it illegal to export alligators.
    (SSFC, 5/15/05, p.C2)

1939        Jun 4, During what became known as the "Voyage of the Damned," the SS St. Louis, carrying 907 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast. Also denied permission to dock in Canada and Cuba, the ship eventually returned to Europe. The passengers were divided among England, France, Belgium and Holland and a number of the refugees later died in Nazi concentration camps. By 2003 efforts to track their fates identified 935 out of the 937 passengers. Some 260 ended in Nazi killing centers.
    (AP, 6/4/99)(SFC, 10/4/99, p.D3)(SSFC, 12/7/03, Par p.5)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.44)

1939        Nov 3, Terrence McNally, playwright (Bad Habits, Master Class), was born in St. Petersburg, Fla.
    (MC, 11/3/01)

1940        In Florida George Owen Smith (14), disappeared from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. In 2013 researchers found the remains of 55 people during a four-month excavation last year. Official records indicated 31 burials at the school. In 2014 they said DNA and other tests identified the remains of Smith, but they couldn't say how he had died.
    (AP, 8/7/14)

1940s    The US Army Corps of Engineers, at the behest of state and federal governments, drained the area to the south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to create vast sugar fields.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.31)

1942        Jun 27, The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from 2 submarines, one off New York’s Long Island and the other off of Florida. The men were tried by a military court and 6 were secretly executed in a DC jail. Ernest Burger and George Dasch were sentenced to 30 years in prison for their help in revealing the plot. They were pardoned in 1948 by Pres. Truman.
    (AP, 6/27/97)(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A18)

1942        Jun, Four men waded ashore on a Florida beach wearing nothing but bathing trunks and German army hats. In 2011 declassified British intelligence files described how the men were part of Nazi sabotage teams sent to the US to undermine the American war effort (See June 13 and June 27).
    (AP, 4/4/11)

1943        Dec 8, Jim Morrison, singer (Doors), was born in Melbourne, Fla.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1946        C.D. Atkins (d.2000), Edwin L. Moore and Louis MacDowell, researchers for the Florida Citrus Commission, were granted a patent for developing a process for making orange juice concentrate. The research was done in a federal lab and they assigned the patent to the government.
    (WSJ, 6/22/00, p.A22)

1947        Jan 25, American gangster Al Capone died of syphilis in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48. While he was in prison at Alcatraz Capone composed a song titled “Madonna Mia," and gave to Vincent Casey, a Jesuit priest, who had visited him regularly. In 2009 the song was produced and made available on CD.
    (AP, 1/25/98)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A6)

1947         Dec 6, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Truman. In 1998 it covered 1.5 million acres.
    (AP, 12/6/97)(SFEC, 4/20/98, p.A3)

1947        Marjory Stoneman Douglas (d.1998 at 108) published "The Everglades: River of Grass," a natural and political history of the Florida Everglades. She also led the campaign to establish Everglades National Park.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.D7)

1947        The new Florida Foods Co. changed its name to Minute Maid. Their initial powder orange juice proved more drinkable as a juice concentrate. Founder John Fox hired Bing Crosby as his 1st spokesman.
    (SFC, 1/20/03, p.B4)

1948        Feb 21, Bill France, Daytona Beach stock car mechanic and driver, founded the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASCAR)

1949        May 14, Pres. Truman signed a bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1949        Prof. Gordon Willey (1913-2002) authored "The Archeology of the Florida Gulf Coast."
    (SFC, 5/2/02, p.A27)

1950        Florida’s population was about 2.8 million.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

1950s        The US Army Corps of Engineers diverted Florida’s Kissimmee River allowing Miami and Fort Lauderdale to grow on the old river bed.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.31)

1953        Aug 12, Ann Davidson, the 1st woman to sail solo across Atlantic, arrived Miami.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1953        Gov. Daniel McCarty died while in office.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, p.C14)

1954        The Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach, designed by Morris Lapidus (1902-2001), was completed.
    (SFC, 1/20/01, p.A24)(WSJ, 12/26/07, p.D6)

1956        May 30, Bus boycott began in Tallahassee, Florida.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1956        Dec 24, African Americans defied a city law in Tallahassee, Fla., and occupied front bus seats.
    (HN, 12/24/98)

1956        Dec 27, Segregation on Tallahassee, Fla. buses was outlawed.
    (HN, 12/27/98)

1957        Dec 6, America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose only about four feet off a Cape Canaveral, Fla., launch pad before crashing back down and exploding.
    (AP, 12/6/08)

1957        The regional government of Metro-Dade was established.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A20)

1957        Lawrence Harvey Zeigler, later known as Larry King, began sweeping floors for at a radio station in Miami.
    (WT-NWA, 7/01, p.43)

1959        Jul 2, Wendy B. Lawrence, USN Lt Commander, astronaut, was born in Jacksonville, Fla.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1959        Aug 3, Victoria Jackson, actress (Casual Sex, SNL), was born in Miami, Fla.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1959        Nov 15, Richard Hickok and Perry Smith savagely murdered the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas. The murders inspired Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood" (1966). Hickok and Smith reportedly fled to Florida. Investigators later linked them to the Dec 18, 1959, murders of Cliff Walker, his wife and two children.  
    (www.crimelibrary.com)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A5)(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A8)

1959        Dec 18, In Florida Cliff Walker, his wife and two children were murdered on a ranch in Osprey. Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, the killers of a family in Kansas on Nov 15, were later linked to the murder of the Walker family. In 2013 sheriff’s deputies failed to make a DNA link between the family, Hickock and Smith.
    (SFC, 12/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)

1960        Aug 9, There was a race riot in Jacksonville Florida.
    (MC, 8/9/02)

1960        Aug 12, The first balloon satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the US from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It bounced phone calls from JPL in California to the Bell Labs in New Jersey.
    (AP, 8/12/97)(SFC, 4/9/02, p.A18)

1960        Sep 9, Hurricane Donna hit the Florida Keys and moved up the coast to New England. It caused 50 US deaths and $387 million in damage.
    (WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)(http://tampa.about.com/cs/history/l/bl1960.htm)

1960s        The US Army Corps of Engineers, at the behest of state and federal governments, crisscrossed the remnants of Florida’s Kissimmee River with dykes, ditches and levees.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.31)

1960s        A walking catfish (Clarias batrachus), imported from Bangkok, walked away from a fish farm west of Deerfield Beach, Florida. By 2002 it had spread to 20 counties in South Florida.
    (SFC, 7/4/02, p.A2)

1961        Aug 16, Martin Luther King protested for black voting rights in Miami.
    (MC, 8/16/02)

1962        Mar 10, The Phillies baseball club left the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel due to its refusal to admit black players, and moved to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mdtvxu)

1962        The Miccosukee Indian tribe gained federal recognition after its leaders made a state visit to Fidel Castro.
    (SFC, 12/29/98, p.A4)

1963        Mar 18, The US Supreme Court made its Gideon v Wainwright ruling which said poor defendants have a constitutional right to an attorney. Gideon had been forced to defend himself in Florida in Jan 1962, and petitioned the Supreme Court to hear his complaint.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.D4)(SSFC, 11/30/03, p.A31)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.39)

1963        Two white gas station attendants were murdered in Port St. Joe. Two black men were convicted twice by all-white juries in the murders and spent nine years on death row. Curtis "Boo" Adams, a white man, later admitted to the murders. In 1998 Freddie Pitts (54) and Wilbert Lee (62) received $500,000 each from the state for wrongful conviction.
    (SFC, 7/14/98, p.A2)

1964        Feb 25, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1965        Sep 8, Hurricane Betsy killed 75 in Louisiana & Florida.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1965        Nov 16, Walt Disney launched Epcot Center: Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. Epcot opened in 1982.
    (MC, 11/16/01)

1967        Jun 11, There was a race riot in Tampa Florida and the National Guard was mobilized. Martin Chambers (19) was suspected of robbing a camera store. Chambers ran from police near Nebraska and Harrison Streets and was shot in the back and died. Several days of riots around Central Avenue followed.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Riots)

1967        Jul 16, A prison brawl ignited barracks, killing 37 in Jay, Florida.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

1968        Aug 5, The Republican national convention convened in Miami Beach. Ronald Reagan announced that he would seek the GOP nomination for president. He soon threw his support to Nixon.
    (AP, 8/5/08)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)(SSFC, 6/6/04, A16)

1968        Aug 8, Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. Later that day, Nixon chose Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew to be his running mate.
    (AP, 8/8/97)
1968        Aug 8, In Florida a riot broke out in several neighborhoods of Miami, Florida, including one community just 10 miles from the Republican Convention. 3 negroes were killed by gunfire.
    (www.project1968.com/august-4-10-1968.html)

1969        Jan 12, The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
    (AP, 1/12/99)

1969        Mar 1, Jim Morrison (d.1971), lead singer for the Doors, exposed himself at Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami before 10,000 people. An arrest warrant was issued for Morrison four days after the concert. He turned himself in, was tried the next year and convicted on two charges. Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida's Cabinet members pardoned Morrison of those convictions on Dec 9, 2010.
    (SFC, 12/24/02, p.A13)(AP, 12/10/10)

1969        Mar 3, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module. It carried astronauts James McDivitt, Russell Schweickart and David Scott and made 151 Earth orbits over 10 days.
    (AP, 3/3/98)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.B2)

1969        Mar 23, The teenage crusade Rally for Decency in Miami drew some 30,000. Teenagers organized the rally after Jim Morrison (24), the lead singer of The Doors rock group, was charged with indecent exposure during a concert in Miami on March 1.
    (http://forum.johndensmore.com/lofiversion/index.php/t2673.html)

1969        May 27, Walt Disney World construction began in Florida.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1969        Jul 16, Apollo XI set out from Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy), Florida, with Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.182, 341)(AP, 7/16/97)

1969        Oct 5, Lieutenant Eduardo Guerra Jimenez, a Cuban defector, entered US air space undetected and landed his Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base near Miami, Florida, where the presidential aircraft Air Force One was waiting to return President Richard M. Nixon to DC.
    (www.missilesofkeywest.bravepages.com/penetrated.htm)

1969        Oct 21, Jack Kerouac (47), Beat Generation chronicler, died of alcoholism in St. Petersburg, Fla. He wrote "On the Road" (1957), "Desolation Angels," "Vanity of Duluoz," and "Dharma Bums." Japhy Ryder the Zen hobo-poet in the book was modeled after poet Gary Snyder. In 1979 Dennis McNally authored the biography "Desolate Angel." In 1998 Ellis Amburn published "Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac." In 1999 Barry Miles published "Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats: A Portrait." In 2004 Douglas Brinkley edited “Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac."
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A22)(SFC, 9/1/96, DB p.30)(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A17)(SFEC, 8/9/98, BR 9 p.3)(SFEC, 1/17/99, BR p.3)(SSFC, 8/11/02, p.M1)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.M1)

1969        Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), American journalist and environmentalist, helped found Friends of the Everglades, a Florida-based conservation organization.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.D7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjory_Stoneman_Douglas)

1970        State legislator Lawton Chiles earned the name "Walkin’ Lawton" for his 1,000 mile walk from the Panhandle to south Florida in 3 months.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, p.C14)

1971        Oct 1, Walt Disney Productions opened its Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
    (AP, 10/1/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Kingdom)

1971        Judy Buenoano welcomed her husband home from Vietnam and fed him with a diet of arsenic until he died. she collected $85,000 in insurance money.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A6)

1972        Jul 13, George McGovern claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach, Fla. McGovern defeated Scoop Jackson for the nomination. McGovern’s campaign was led by Jean Westwood (d.1997 at 73), the first woman to chair a major US political party. McGovern was nominated as candidate with Sen. Eagleton for vice-president. Sen. Eagleton later dropped out after it was learned that he suffered from a serious clinical emotional illness. The Democratic competition for president included Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Ed Muskie, Gov. Terry Sanford, Sen. Henry Jackson, Mayor John Lindsay, and Rep. Shirley Chisholm.
    (WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(AP, 7/13/07)

1972        Aug 21, The US Republican convention opened in Miami Beach, Florida.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Republican_National_Convention)

1972        Aug 23, The Republican National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. The 1989 film "Born on the Fourth of July" portrayed the riots outside the Republican National Convention.
    (SFEC, 11/3/96, Par p.2)(SFEC, 9/6/98, DB p.53)(AP, 8/23/97)

1972        Nov 10, Three black men successfully hijacked a Southern Airways DC-9 after a stopover in Birmingham, Ala., and flew to multiple locations in the United States and one Canadian city and finally to Cuba with $2 million (actual cash, Presidential "grant" totaled $10 million) and 10 parachutes. Co-pilot Halroyd was wounded; they threatened to crash the plane into one of the Oak Ridge nuclear installations; at McCoy Air Force Base, Orlando, the FBI shot out the tires; they forced pilot William Haas to take off. The plane finally landed in Havana; two were sentenced in Cuba to 20 years, one to 15 years. They returned to Alabama in 1980 and received 20-25 year sentences.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cuba-US_aircraft_hijackings)(USAT, 6/11/03, p.2B)(http://cuban-exile.com/doc_176-200/doc0180.html)

1972        Dec 29, Eastern Airlines Flight 401, a Lockheed Tri-Star Jumbo Jet carrying 176 people, crashed into the Florida Everglades. 75 people survived. In the end, the crash was blamed on the crew's preoccupation with a landing gear light.
    (http://www3.gendisasters.com/florida/1415/everglades,-fl-jumbo-jet-crash,-dec-1972)

1972        Florida inmate Michael Costello, a convicted murderer, filed suit complaining of overcrowding and poor medical treatment in the state’s prisons. He won and forced court orders to reduce crowding.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)
1972        In Florida as many as 2 million old tires were unloaded a mile offshore from Fort Lauderdale to create an artificial reef that could attract a rich variety of marine life, and to free up space in clogged landfills. Decades later the idea proved to be huge ecological blunder.
    (AP, 2/16/07)

1973        Mar 5, During spring training in Florida, Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and  Mike Kekich announced they had swapped wives.
    (www.around-the-horn.com/?p=131)

1973        Aug 23, The Intelsat 4 F-7 communications satellite was launched at Cape Canaveral.
    (www.astronautix.com/craft/intlsat4.htm)

1974        Feb 2, In Fort Myers, Florida, Cynthia Nadeau was raped and her boyfriend Terry Milroy was murdered. Delbert Tibbs (1939-1974) was soon after arrested in Ocala, Fl., for the rape and murder. In December Tibbs was falsely convicted and sentenced to death. In 1976 a judge reveiewed the case and found no evidence to support the conviction. Tibbs was released in 1977.
    (www.floridacapitalcases.state.fl.us/case_updates/Htm/046450.htm)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.140)

1974        Knight Newspapers Inc. (Miami Herald) merged with Ridder Publications (Detroit Free Press).
    (SFC, 2/5/00, p.A19)

1975        Aug 20, Viking 1, the first of 2 unmanned Viking landers, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission to Mars. It reached Mars in the summer of 1976.
    (SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)

1975        Sep 2, Joseph W. Hatcher of Tallahassee, Florida, became the state's first African-American supreme court justice since Reconstruction.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1975        L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), founder of Scientology, secretly purchased a historic hotel in Clearwater, Florida, and began to establish the town as home for his Church of Scientology.
    (SFC, 9/24/07, p.A6)

1976        Mar 2, Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1976        Aug 9, John Roselli (b.1905), Chicago mobster hired by the CIA to kill Castro, was found murdered. His decomposing body was found in a 55-gallon steel fuel drum floating in Dumfounding Bay near Miami, Florida. Roselli had been strangled and stabbed and his legs were sawed off.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Roselli)

1976        Clint Murchison Jr., owner of the Dallas Cowboys, visited Miami for the Super Bowl and stopped for ribs at a restaurant owned by Tony Roma (d.2003). He enjoyed the foods so much that he purchased the majority of US franchise rights. In 2003 the chain had grown to over 250.
    (SFC, 6/14/03, p.A21)

1977        Jun 7, Anita Bryant led a successful crusade against Miami gay rights law.
    (http://thecastro.net/parade/parade/parade.html)

1977        Jun 8, Some 5,000 marched through downtown to protests an anti-gay rights vote in Miami. Voters in Dade County had repealed a gay-rights ordnance.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1977        Jun, In Florida the Elderhostel site at Eckerd College was founded. It was an education program for vacationing seniors.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, p.T12)

1977        Florida passed a law banning gay adoptions.
    (SFC, 8/31/01, p.A3)

1978        Jan 15, Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, two students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, were murdered in their sorority house. Theodore Bundy (1946-1989) was later convicted of the crime, and executed.
    (AP, 1/15/98)

1978        Feb 9, Kimberly Leach (12) was killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City, Fla.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberly_Leach)

1978        Feb 15, Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy was recaptured in Pensacola, Fla.
    (440 Int’l., 2/15/99)

1978        Feb 21, In Florida Karol Hurst (21) was abducted while leaving a grocery store in Leesburg. She was driven to a wooded area, beaten, raped, and shot. Her pregnant body was then dragged further into the woods. That same evening Freddie Lee Hall and an accomplice shot and killed Deputy Lonnie Coburn. Both fled the scene but were soon arrested. Hall was convicted and sentenced to death on June 27. Hall’s IQ was later said to be around 75.
    (http://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/hall-freddie-lee.htm)(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A6)

1978        Judy Buenoano fed her boyfriend a diet of arsenic until he died. She collected insurance money.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A6)

1979         Jul 23, A Miami jury convicted Theodore Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy. In 1980 he was convicted of the murder and rape of Kimberly Leach (12). Bundy eventually confessed to more than 30 killings and was executed in 1989.
    (AP, 7/24/99)(www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/bundy/14.html)

1979        Sep. 3, Hurricane David struck along the central Florida coast, leaving several people dead and millions of dollars in damage.
    (AP, 9/3/97)

1979        Dec 17, In a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally beaten after a police chase in Miami. Four white police officers were later acquitted of charges stemming from McDuffie's death.
    (AP, 12/17/99)

1979        The US Fish and Wildlife Service established Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge at the northern end of Key Largo, Florida.
    (PacDis., Spg. 96, p.49)

1979        Seminole Indians won the right to run high-stakes Seminole bingo. Within a decade the Seminoles were making $100 million a year.
    (WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A20)

1979-1987    Bob Graham served as governor of the state.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)

1980        Mar 2, Snow fell in Florida.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_snow_events_in_Florida)

1980        May 9, In Florida 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian-flagged freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. The freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier (support column) during a blinding thunderstorm, sending over 1200 feet (366m) of the bridge plummeting into Tampa Bay. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge)

1980        May 17, Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
    (AP, 5/17/97)

1980        Jul, Five men were shot dead in a Miami home. Ronnie Lee Jones, a former boxer, was convicted of the shooting and sentenced to death. An appeal granted a competency hearing, but none was heard for 12 years and Jones was released in 1999.
    (SFC, 6/18/99, p.A3)

1980        Judy Buenoano pushed her handicapped 19-year-old son out of a canoe and watched him sink. She collected $125,000 in insurance money.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A6)

1981        May 11, Bob Marley (b.1945), Jamaican reggae artist, died of brain cancer in Miami.
    (AP, 5/11/97)(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T7)

1981        Aug 17, In Florida James Dvorak was found bludgeoned to death at Indian Harbor Beach in what was described as a robbery gone wrong. In 1981 William Dillon was convicted and sentenced to prison. In 2008 Dillon (49) faced a retrial after DNA evidence called into question his conviction.
    (SFC, 11/19/08, p.A4)(http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_28824.shtml)

1981        Aston Green, a breakaway follower of Yahweh Ben Yahweh, was beheaded with a machete.
    (SFC, 8/15/01, p.A2)

1982        Apr 23, Key West, Fla., under Mayor Dennis Wardlow declared that it was seceding from the US and would rename itself the Conch Republic. The move was in response to a state roadblock and inspection on all cars heading out of the Florida Keys. In 1997 Gregory King authored “The Conch That Roared."
    (WSJ, 1/19/05, p.B1)

1982        Jul 31, Jai Alai executive John B. Callahan (45) was fatally shot in Miami by mob hit man John Martorano. Callahan’s body was found Aug 2 in the trunk of his Cadillac. In 2008 former FBI agent John Connolly was convicted of 2nd degree murder for leaking information to mobsters that led to the shooting death of Callahan. In Jan, 2009, Connolly was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/6/08, p.A9)(http://mafiatoday.com/?p=442)(SFC, 1/16/09, p.A2)

1982        Oct 1, EPCOT Center opened in Orlando, Florida.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epcot)

1982        Dec 28, Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off 3 days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.
    (AP, 12/28/97)

1982        Gov. Graham asked for 4,000 new prison beds and the Legislature voted to build 2,000.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)

1982        Documents obtained in lawsuits in 2005 indicated that Florida Power and Light had mistakenly shipped radioactive waste to an ordinary landfill. The documents indicated that a number of similar shipments were made in the 1970s and 1980s to landfills and municipal sewage treatment plants.
    (SSFC, 8/7/05, p.A5)

1982        Allen Lee Davis murdered Nancy Weiler and her 2 daughters (ages 9&5) during a robbery in Jacksonville. Davis was electrocuted in 1999.
    (SFC, 7/9/99, p.A7)

1983        Mitch Kaplan created the Miami Book Fair. It grew to become a week-long marathon with estimated attendance at 400,000 in 1998.
    (SFEM, 5/17/98, p.74)

1983        A cosmetology school owner was killed. Juan Melendez was convicted and spent 17 years on death row. In 2000 the transcript of another man’s confession, withheld by prosecutors, was found. Melendez was released in 2002.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)

1983        Judy Buenoano attempted to blow up a boyfriend after feeding him vitamin pills that contained arsenic. John Gentry survived the experience and Buenoano was caught and convicted of murder. Dubbed the "Black Widow" Buenoano, who had changed her name from Goodyear, was executed in the electric chair on Mar 30, 1998.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A6)(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)

1984        Mar 15, The acquittal of a Miami police officer on charges of negligently killing a ghetto youth sparked a rampage by angry blacks in Miami; 550 people were arrested.
    (http://tinyurl.com/39ow9d)

1984        Aug 18, A Triangle Oil Corp. above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville, Fla., spilled 2.5 million gallons of oil and burned after lightning sparked a fire.
    (www.jacksonvillefiremuseum.com/history_1951.html)(http://tinyurl.com/2pwmtm)

1984        Aug 30, In Florida NASA launched the US space shuttle Discovery on its 1st mission.
    (www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/discovery-info.html)

1984        Oct 20, Paul Dirac (b.1902, British physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1933), died in Florida. His equations predicted the existence of antimatter. In 2009 Graham Farmelo authored “The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac."
    (Econ, 1/24/09, p.89)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Dirac)

1984        In Dade County, Fla., the State Attorney office of Janet Reno began amassing sex-assault charges against police officer Grant Snowden. Officer Snowden was acquitted on one set of charges and then convicted on another set of tenuous charges. His case was on federal appeal.
    (WSJ, 10/14/97, p.A22)

1984        Thomas Provenzano shot one bailiff dead in a courtroom in Orlando and left 2 others paralyzed. Provenzano was scheduled to be executed in 1999.
    (SFC, 7/9/99, p.A7)

1984        Eriberto Mederos, aka El Enfermero (the Nurse), joined the Cuban boat lift to America. He became a US citizen in 1993. He had worked as the administrator of electric shock therapy to political opponents of the Castro regime. In 2001 he was arrested and faced deportation for lying about his former occupation. In 2002 Mederos (79) was convicted in Florida for concealing his past.
    (SFC, 11/16/01, p.E3)(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)

1984-1986    The prison population rose from 26,471 to 30,000.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)

1985        Jan 20, The SF 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in the Super Bowl played at Stanford Stadium. This capped the winningest season in national Football League history, with 18 wins and only one loss.
    (www.superbowl.com/history/recaps/game/sbxix)(SSFC, 1/17/10, DB p.42)

1985        Jan 22, A cold wave damaged 90% of Florida's citrus crop.
    (http://prop1.org/inaugur/85reagan/850122in.htm)

1985        Sep 26, Shamu, the killer whale, was born in Orlando, Florida. She was the first killer whale born in captivity to survive.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamu)

1985        Nov 12, Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor (1985-1993).
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A9)(AP, 11/12/03)

1985        Daniel Remeta killed an Ocala convenience store clerk and went on a four state crime and murder spree in which 5 people were killed. He was electrocuted in 1998. Remeta had the mental age of a child and ordered snow cones for his final meal.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A3)

1985        Frank Lee Smith was convicted for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl. Smith (52) died of cancer while on death row in 1999. In 2000 DNA evidence cleared Smith of the rape and murder and the case was reopened.
    (SFC, 12/15/00, p.A3)

1986        Mar 7, Jacob K. Javits (b.1904), (Sen-R-NY), died in Palm Beach, Fla.
    (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=j000064)

1986        In Florida the Sarasota Pigeon club began gathering on Fall weekends to race pigeons.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.D12)
1986        Bob Cox, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, began a campaign to end the city’s reign as the spring break capital of America. Students moved on to Daytona Beach and later Florida’s Panama City.
    (WSJ, 3/19/98, p.A16)
1986        Robert Rozier, a former NFL football player, changed his name to Neariah Israel and murdered 8 people to prove himself to a sect of Yahweh Ben Yahweh. He testified against the sect, which blamed for at least 23 killings and a series of firebombings, and was freed after 10 years in prison. In 1999 he was arrested for bounding check in California and subject to the "three strikes" sentencing law.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.D4)
1986        Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, a Puerto Rican-born former evangelical priest, founded the Growing in Grace church in Florida. By 2007 he called himself the Antichrist and was preaching to followers in some 35 nations, mostly in Latin America.
    (AP, 4/21/07)
1986        In Florida Manuel Pardo, a former policeman, murdered 9 people, most of whom were involved with drugs, during a crime spree. Pardo was executed on Dec 11, 2012.
    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)

1987         Jan 16, Lita McClinton Sullivan was shot to death at her home in Atlanta by a man with roses posing as a delivery person. Florida millionaire James Vincent Sullivan paid a man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to avoid losing property in a divorce. In 2003 a Thai court ruled to extradite Sullivan (61). In 2004 James Vincent Sullivan arrived in Atlanta, Ga., for prosecution. In 2006 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/15/03)(WSJ, 4/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)

1987        Apr 20, In Florida the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge, connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg, opened. The original 1954 bridge had collapsed following a ship collision in 1980.
    (SFC, 3/1/14, p.D1)

1987        May 3,    The Miami Herald, in its Sunday edition, said its reporters had observed a young woman spending "Friday night and most of Saturday" at a Washington, D.C., townhouse belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart. The woman was later identified as Donna Rice; the scandal torpedoed Hart's presidential bid.
    (SFEC, 12/19/99, p.C12)(AP, 5/3/07)

1987        Jun 24, Jackie Gleason (b.1916), comedian-actor (The Hustler) died of cancer at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    (AP 6/24/97)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0001276/)

1987        Sep 10,  Pope John Paul II arrived in Miami, where he was welcomed by President and Mrs. Reagan, to begin a 10-day tour of the United States.
    (AP, 9/10/97)

1987        Nov 2, In Florida Robert Henry killed two female co-workers at the Cloth World store in Deerfield Beech. Henry (55) was executed on March 20, 2014.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.A7)

1987        Santo Traficante, the reputed Mafia boss of Florida, died in Tampa.
    (SFC, 5/16/98, p.A21)

1987-1991    Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila headed the CIA-financed Venezuelan National Guard antinarcotics group. During his tenure 1-2 tons of cocaine were smuggled into the US. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami in 1996.
    (WSJ, 11/22/96, p.A12)(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A2)

1988        Feb 5, A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
    (AP, 2/5/97)

1989        Jan 16, Three days of rioting erupted in Miami when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger.
    (AP, 1/16/99)

1989        Jan 22, In Super Bowl XXXIII, the San Francisco 49ers came from behind to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-to-16 in Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium. Joe Montana rifled a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with just 34 seconds left in the game to win.
    (AP, 1/22/99)(SSFC, 1/19/14, DB p.42)

1989        Jan 24, Confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
    (AP, 1/24/99)

1989        Mar 2, Gloria Estefan (b.1957) and the Miami Sound Machine received the 1st star on the Latin Star Walk on Calle Ocho, the main street of Little Havana in Miami, Fl.
    (http://tinyurl.com/czkup)

1989        May 1, Disney held a grand opening for its 135 acre MGM studio in Orlando, Fl.
    (www.miamibeach411.com/disney/mgm-studios.htm)

1989        May 30, US Rep. Claude Pepper (b.1900), D-Fla., a champion of the nation's elderly, died in Washington, DC, at age 88.
    (AP, 5/30/99)

1989        Dec 19, Police in Jacksonville, Fla., disarmed a parcel bomb at the local NAACP office, the fourth in a series of mail bombs to turn up in the Deep South. One bomb killed a Savannah, Ga., alderman, and another a federal judge in Alabama. Walter L. Moody Jr. was convicted in both bombings.
    (AP, 12/18/99)

1989        El Salvador military officers Colonel Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, director of the National Guard and Gen’l. Jose Guillermo Garcia, the minister of defense, retired to Florida. In 2002 a Florida jury found Casanova and Garcia responsible for torture and atrocities committed in 1983 and ordered payment of $54.6 million to 3 victims living in Florida. [see El Salvador Dec 4, 1980]
    (SFC, 7/24/02, p.A12)

1990        Jan 4, Deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in federal district court in Miami on drug-trafficking charges.
    (AP, 1/4/00)

1990        Jan 25, Kidnapped former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was transferred to a Miami federal jail.
    (MC, 1/25/02)

1990        Jun 18, James Edward Pough went on a shooting rampage at an auto-financing company office in Jacksonville, Florida, after his car was repossessed. He fatally wounded 8 people before killing himself. 
    (AP, 6/18/00)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A7)

1990        Sep 7, Kimberly Bergalis of Fort Pierce, Florida, came forward to identify herself as the young woman who had been infected with AIDS, apparently by her late dentist.  Bergalis died the following year.
    (AP, 9/7/00)

1990        Nov 30, President Bush named outgoing Florida Governor Bob Martinez to head the nation’s war on drugs.
    (AP, 11/30/00)

1990        Peter Matthiessen published his novel "Killing Mr. Watson." It became the first of a trilogy about a Florida homesteader, who murdered some 5 dozen people over his lifetime.
    (SFEC,12/797, p.B11)

1990        Lawton Chiles, Democrat, was elected governor over Rep. Gov. Bob Martinez.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, p.C14)

1990        Danny Rolling murdered 5 college students. He became known as the Gainesville slasher and later collaborated with Sondra London, who wrote his confessions, and sold his art and autographs. The money earned was seized in 1997 when a Florida judge issued a ruling based on a state law that barred convicted felons from profiting from their stories, artwork and autographs.
    (SFC, 1/2/98, p.A11)

1991        Jan 27, The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills, 20-to-19, in Super Bowl XXV, which was played amid extra-tight security at Tampa Stadium in Florida, because of fears of possible Iraqi-sponsored terrorism.
    (AP, 1/27/01)

1991        Feb 21, Dame Margot Fonteyn (b.1919), ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), died in Panama City, Fl. In 2004 Meredith Daneman authored “Margot Fonteyn: A Life."
    (AP, 2/21/01)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.)

1991        Mar 30, Patricia Bowman, a resident of Jupiter, Florida, told authorities she’d been raped hours earlier by William Kennedy Smith, the nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, at the family’s Palm Beach estate. Smith was later acquitted at trial.
    (AP, 3/30/01)

1991        May 15, Defense lawyers released docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama."
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1991        May 21, Cuban composer Julian Orbon (b.1915) died in exile in Miami. Mr. Orbon was not recognized by Cuba's musical establishment after he left the country permanently in 1960. He contributed to the adaptation of the famous Guantanamera tune with the verses of the Cuban poet Jose Marti (1853-1895).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juli%C3%A1n_Orb%C3%B3n)

1991        Jul 26, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested in Florida for exposing himself at an adult movie theater.
    (http://crime.about.com/library/blreubenspaul.htm)

1991        Jun, Doug Swallow organized the first Gay Days at the Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando. By 2000 the event attracted some 100,000 participants.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A3)

1991        Dec 2, Testimony began in West Palm Beach, Fla., in the trial of William Kennedy Smith, accused of raping Patricia Bowman at his family's estate.
    (AP, 12/2/01)

1991        Dec 4, Pan American World Airways ceased operations. Pan Am’s records went to the Univ. of Florida and artifacts went to the Historical Museum of South Florida. However, a new, smaller version of Pan Am was later formed.
    (AP, 12/4/01)(SSFC, 11/4/07, p.A9)

1991        Dec 8, AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.
    (AP, 12/8/97)

1991        Dec 10, William Kennedy Smith, accused of raping Patricia Bowman, proclaimed his innocence during his trial in West Palm Beach, Fla.
    (AP, 12/10/01)

1991        Dec 11, A jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
    (AP, 12/11/97)

1991        Dec, Shalanda Burt (19) shot her boyfriend James Fairley in Bradenton, Florida. She was three months pregnant at the time. A week after she delivered their first baby, James raped her and ripped her stitches. Facing 25 years, she was told by a female public defender to take a plea bargain and 17 years in prison.
    (www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,977464-5,00.html)

1992        Jan 26, Jose Ferrer (b.1909), Puerto Rico born film actor, died in Coral Gables, Fla.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Ferrer)

1992        Jan 27, Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute, was convicted of slaying the first of seven men she'd admitted killing, claiming self-defense.
    (AP, 1/27/02)

1992        Feb 1, Florida Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford was killed when a pipe bomb exploded in a gift wrapped microwave oven. In 2014 drug trafficker Paul Augustus Howell (40) was executed for killing Fulford.
    (SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)

1992        Mar 3, Charges were filed in Florida against New York Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman and Dwight Gooden for rape. They were dropped in April.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1992        Mar 20, Manuel Noriega's wife, Felicidad, was arrested in Florida for stealing buttons from dresses.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1992        Apr 9, Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges; he is serving a 40-year prison sentence.
    (AP, 4/9/97)

1992        Aug 24, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm. It swept across Coral Gables, Florida, and destroyed two-thirds of the Fairchild Tropical Garden. It cost $15.5 billion in insured losses and was the most expensive natural disaster in US history. Insurance losses in the US and Bahamas totaled $21.5 billion.
    (SFC, 7/12/96, p.A11)(AP, 8/24/97)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.62)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.73)

1992        Sep 14, The grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan's Invisible Empire of Florida announced that he was moving the group's headquarters from Orlando to Gainesville. He said, it's "a progressive community, and we think we can fit in."
    (http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040906-012530-6093r.htm)

1992        Sep 20, Leanza Cornett of Florida was crowned "Miss America" in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 9/20/97)

1992        Sep 25, A judge in Orlando, Fla., ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old boy seeking a "divorce" from his biological parents.
    (AP, 9/25/97)

1992        Sep 28, Gloria Estefan and a cavalcade of musicians and comedians raised one-point-three-million dollars at a hurricane relief concert in Miami.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0002065/)

1992        Yahweh Ben Yahweh, aka Hulon Mitchell Jr., was sentenced to prison for involvement in 14 killings, arsons and other rackets. He was released in 2001. His Nation of Yahweh was reported to foster a group of "death angels" that required the killing of a white person and a body part as proof.
    (SFC, 8/15/01, p.A2)
1992        Aileen Wuornos (36), a former prostitute, testified in her trial that she killed men who assaulted her and made her fear for her life. She pleaded to shooting a man in 1989 and no contest to murdering 5 men she picked up on Florida highways. In 2001 she claimed that she killed out of hate and not from self-defense and asked that her appeals be stopped and her death sentence carried out. She was executed Oct 9, 2002.
    (SFC, 7/2/01, p.A7)(SFC, 10/10/02, p.A7)

1993        Feb 11, President Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general, after two earlier candidates stumbled because they'd hired illegal aliens.
    (AP, 2/11/97)

1993        Mar 1, The new expansion NHL  (hockey) team, owned by Disney, was named the Mighty Ducks.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1993        Mar 10, Dr. David Gunn (47) was shot to death outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic by Michael Griffin, who was convicted and sentenced to life.
    (AP, 3/10/98)(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.A3)

1993        May 28, A jury in Orlando, Fla., acquitted Miami police officer William Lozano of manslaughter in the 1989 shooting death of a black motorcyclist and the resulting crash-caused death of the cyclist's passenger. Lozano had been convicted in an earlier trial, but that verdict was overturned.
    (AP, 5/28/98)

1993        Sep 6, President Clinton visited South Florida, where he met with residents recovering from Hurricane Andrew.
    (AP, 9/6/98)

1993        Sep 7, Two white laborers were convicted in West Palm Beach, Fla., of burning a black tourist from New York; both were later sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/7/98)

1993        Sep 8, German tourist Uwe-Wilhelm Rakebrand was killed by a woman firing from a van as he and his wife drove away from the Miami airport. The gunwoman and an accomplice received life prison sentences; the van's driver received 87 years.
    (AP, 9/8/98)

1993        Sep 14, British tourist Gary Colley was shot and killed, his female companion Margaret Jagger wounded, at a highway rest stop in Florida. Three young men, Aundra Aikins, John Crumitie, and Deron Spear, were arrested charged and convicted. Two suspects later received life sentences; two others received lesser sentences.
    (AP, 9/14/03)(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A8)

1993        Oct 22, A judge in West Palm Beach, Fla., sentenced two white men to life in prison for setting a black tourist on fire.
    (AP, 10/22/98)

1993        Nov 14, Don Shula became the winningest coach in NFL history.
    (http://www.donshula.com/careerhighlights.htm)

1994         Feb 15, Drifter Danny Harold Rolling entered a surprise guilty plea to the 1990 murders of five college students in Gainesville, Fla. In all, Rolling confessed to killing eight people, though there may have been more. As a result of his murder convictions, Rolling was executed by lethal injection on October 25, 2006.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Rolling#Execution)(AP, 2/15/04)

1994        Feb 21, Jury selection began in Pensacola, Fla., in the trial of Michael F. Griffin, an anti-abortion activist accused of killing Dr. David Gunn outside a women's clinic. Griffin was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/21/04)

1994        Mar 4, In Florida Eddie Wayne Davis raped and killed Kimberly Waters (11), the daughter of a woman that he had briefly dated. He threw her body in a commercial trash bin. Davis was convicted in 1995 and executed on July 10, 2014.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ovr7cod)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A14)

1994        Mar 5, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum resigned in the wake of turmoil over the Clinton administration's handling of questions related to Whitewater.
    (AP, 3/5/99)

1994        Mar 5, A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn; Griffin was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/5/99)

1994        Jul 29, Abortion opponent Paul Hill (40) shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton (69) and Britton's bodyguard, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Fla. Hill was later convicted and sentenced to death. Hill was executed Sep 3, 2003.
    (AP, 7/29/99)(SFC, 9/2/03, p.A7)

1994        Aug 18, Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles declared an immigration emergency and demanded federal help to cope with the largest surge of Cuban refugees since the 1980 Mariel boat-lift.
    (AP, 8/18/99)

1994        Nov 2, A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the July 29 shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was sentenced to death. He became the first person to be executed for killing an abortion provider when he was killed by electrocution on September 3, 2003 at the age of 49 at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida.
    (AP, 11/2/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Jennings_Hill)

1994        Nov 8-1994 Nov 21, Hurricane Gordon caused 1,137 deaths in the Caribbean and eight in the United States. The storm hit Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti before striking Florida.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1994        Dec 9-1994 Dec 11, Pres. Clinton presided over the first Summit of the Americas held in Miami. Topics included lower trade barriers and plans for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.A12)(www.summit-americas.org/miamiplan.htm)

1994        F. Lee Bailey represented Claude Duboc in a drug case and worked out a deal in which Duboc would plead guilty and forfeit his assets to the federal government. Bailey kept part of the money for his services.
    (SFC, 11/22/01, p.A20)

1995        Aug 2, Hurricane "Erin" came ashore near Vero Beach, Florida; the storm was blamed for eleven deaths.
    (AP, 8/2/00)

1995        Sep 11, Jimmy Ryce (9) was kidnapped, raped and murdered in south Florida. In 1998 Juan Carlos Chavez, a Cuban ranch hand was convicted. His defense was that he was framed by his bosses into a confession for fear of being deported. The defense held that Edward Sheinhaus, the son of Chavez’s bosses, was the killer. Chavez was executed on Feb 12, 2014.
    (SFC, 9/19/98, p.A4)(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A15)

1995        Sep 27-Oct 6, Hurricane Opal caused at least 50 deaths in Guatemala and Mexico and 20 deaths in the United States. The storm hit Central America before striking Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1995        Oct 4, Hurricane Opal battered the Florida panhandle.
    (AP, 10/4/05)

1995        Oct 5, Hurricane Opal killed 15 people in the Florida Panhandle and caused $1.8 billion in insured property damages.
    (WSJ, 10/6/95, p.A1)

1995        In Tampa the Florida Aquarium opened at 701 Channelside Drive.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.T8)
1995        Florida passed a law that requires all prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. Courts ruled that the law could not be applied to prisoners convicted before Oct 1, 1995.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)

1996        Jan, Duane Hanson, sculptor, died at age 70. He lived and worked mainly in Davie, Florida and used common people as his subjects.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A21)

1996        Feb 24, Cuban war planes shot down two unarmed private planes flown by a refugee group in Florida. Cuba claimed the planes violated its airspace. 4 men were killed including 3 US citizens. In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez (36) was convicted of conspiracy in the deaths of the aviators. Antonio Guerrero (43), convicted for spying while working a Navy base in Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 27. In 2009 Guerrero’s sentence was reduced to 20 years.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC,12/18/97, p.A6)(AP, 2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)

1996        Feb, Augusto Falcon and Salvador Magluta were tried and acquitted on charges of cocaine trafficking. In 1998 the foreman of the jury, Miguel Moya, was arraigned for accepting $500,000 in bribes.
    (SFC, 8/19/98, p.A11)

1996        Apr 30, In Fort Myers, Florida, members of a teen militia called the Lords of Chaos slew high-school band director Mark Schwebes. They had begun a crime spree on Apr 13 with acts of arson and vandalism. Arrested were Kevin Foster,18, Derek Shields, 18, Peter Magnotti, 17, Christopher Black, 18, Christopher Burnett, 17, and Thomas Tarrone, 16.

1996        May 11, A ValuJet DC-9 with 110 people onboard caught fire shortly after takeoff crashed in the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff from Miami Int’l. airport. In 1999 Florida brought murder charges against Sabre-Tech, a Miami repair facility, that had loaded hazardous oxygen generators onto the plane. In 1999 SabreTech Maintenance Co. was convicted for mishandling oxygen canisters that were blamed for the crash. In 2000 an $11 million penalty was ordered against SabreTech. In 2001 8 0f 9 convictions against Sabre-Tech were overturned by a federal appeals court.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/11/97)(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/7/99, p.A3) (SFC, 8/15/00, p.3)(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C2)

1996        May 13, Recovery workers in the Florida Everglades retrieved the flight data recorder from ValuJet Flight 592.
    (AP, 5/13/97)

1996        Nov 8, Cheyenne Pyle, the youngest heart transplant patient (90 minutes old), was born in Miami and flown to California for surgery. The infant did not survive.
    (http://tinyurl.com/86zgh)

1996        Nov 13, A grand jury in St. Petersburg, Fla., declined to indict a white policeman, Jim Knight, who had shot black motorist TyRon Lewis to death the previous month; the decision prompted angry mobs to return to the streets.
    (SFC, 11/14/96, p.A3)(AP, 11/13/97)

1996        Nov 25, Rodrick Justin Ferrell (16) of Murray, Ky., killed Richard Wendorf and Naoma Queen in Eustis. He thought himself a vampire and burned the letter "V" into Wendorf’s body. He and 4 friends were arrested 3 days later in Baton Rouge. He was sentenced to death in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/28/98, p.A6)

1996        A planned community was built by Disney in Celebration, Fla. In 1999 Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins authored "Celebration U.S.A." and Andrew Ross authored "The Celebration Chronicles."
    (SFC, 11/4/98, Z1 p.4)(WSJ, 8/23/99, p.A13)

1996        The Chautauqua Assembly a summer learning experience was revived after a 76-year hiatus in the town of DeFuniak Springs, between Pensacola and Tallahassee.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.T2)

1996        A Miami SWAT team killed Richard Brown (73) with 123 bullets in a drug raid. In 2001 5 members of the team were accused of fabricating evidence and agreeing to make false statements during a probe of the incident.
    (SFC, 3/15/01, p.A5)

1997        Feb 19, Larry Singleton murdered Roxanne Hayes, a prostitute, in Tampa, Fla. He had served 8 years of a 14-year sentence for the 1978 rape and maiming of 15-year-old Mary Vincent in Ca. A trial in Dec ended in a mistrial and another was set for 1998. He was sentenced to death in 1998 but died of cancer in a prison hospital in 2001.
    (SFC,12/11/97, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)

1997        Mar 29, In Jacksonville, Fla., Philip N. Johnson staged a Loomis, Fargo & Co. armored car robbery for $22 million. He was arrested Aug 30 at a border crossing in Texas.
    (SFEC, 8/31/97, p.A11)

1997        Jul, Tyco Corp. under CEO Dennis Kozlowski merged with ADT Ltd., a Bermuda corporation, and began relocating employees to headquarters in Boca Raton, Fl.
    (WSJ, 4/5/04, p.A8)

1997        Sep 2, In Miami Beach, Florida US postal worker, Jesus Antonio Tamayo (64) shot and critically injured his former wife, Manuela Acosta (62) and a friend and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A3)

1997        Oct 18, The Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 in game one of the World Series.
    (AP, 10/18/98)

1997        Oct 19, The Cleveland Indians defeated the Florida Marlins 6-1 in game two of the World Series, evening the series at one game apiece.
    (AP, 10/19/98)

1997        Oct 25, The Cleveland Indians avoided elimination in the World Series by defeating the Florida Marlins, 4-1, in game six.
    (AP, 10/25/98)

1997        Oct 26, The Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in game 7 of the Baseball World Series 3:2.
    (SFC,10/27/97, p.E1)

1997        Nov 7, Sheila Bellush (35) was found dead by her 13-year-old daughter in her home in Sarasota with her quadruplet toddlers crawling in her blood. Samuel Gonzales (27) and Daniel Alex Rocha of San Antonio, Tx., were later arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. Police still searched for Jose Luis Del Toro (21), the man believed to have done the shooting. Del Toro was extradited from Mexico in 1999 and faced trial in Florida. In 2000 Allen Blackthorne (44), the ex-husband of Bellush, was charged with arranging the killing of Bellush. Blackthorne was convicted of arranging the murder and faced a mandatory life sentence.
    (SFC,11/18/97, p.A9)(SFC, 7/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/00, p.A2)(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A9)

1997        Nov 24, Steven and Marlene Aisenberg reported the kidnapping of their baby Sabrina, not yet 6 months old, from their home in Valrico. In 1999 they were charged in Maryland with lying and misleading investigators in the disappearance of the baby.
    (SFC, 9/11/99, p.A2)

1997        Nov, In Miami former mayor Xavier Sanchez defeated incumbent Mayor Joe Carollo in a close election. Evidence of voter fraud later emerged and extended to the city of Miami Beach.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A9)(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A4)

1997        Dec 12, In Orlando John Armstrong was killed by police after a 4-day hostage crises during which he held two children captive. He killed a man just before taking the 2 children hostage. He had been released from prison in March after serving less than a third of a 12-year sentence for robbery in 1989.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A2)

1997        Mitchell Wolfson (b.1939) donated his Wolfsonian Museum, a collection of decorative art and political propaganda, to Florida Int’l. Univ. He restricted his art objects to those made between 1880 and 1945 illustrating the evolution of modern Western design.
    (Econ, 7/18/09, p.83)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Wolfson,_Jr.)

1997        Hearst Corp. purchased WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)

1997        A new bridge was built from Tampa to St. Petersburg. The old bridge was saved and renamed the Friendship Trail Bridge.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.T8)

1997        Florida police shot and wounded Daniel Hoban, a homeless alcoholic. In 2003 4 officers were convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for planting a gun on Hoban and covering-up the case.
    (SFC, 4/9/03, p.A4)

1998        Jan 1, The 109th Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena was held and Univ. of Michigan beat Washington State 21-16, Florida State downed Ohio State 31-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
    (SFC, 1/2/98, p.A1,22)(AP, 1/1/08)

1998        Jan 30, In Sarasota, Florida, a 14-year-old girl was found staggering along a road. She had been raped and stabbed nearly 30 times and beaten badly four days earlier.  She hid in the woods in fear of her assailant, Scott Christopher Malsky (22), who was arrested in Delaware the next day.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)

1998        Feb 2, Three days of storms began the left an estimated damage of over $25 million. Gov. Chiles requested $19 million in federal disaster aid.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Feb 23, In Florida 6-10 tornadoes killed forty-two people. Some 2,600 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, by tornadoes in Seminole, Osceola, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties Florida.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/99)

1998        Mar 10, After a week with no mayor the Third District Court of appeals ruled that Joe Carollo would be the mayor of Miami after it voided the 5,000 absentee ballots. Zavier Suarez promised to fight the decision.
    (SFC, 3/12/98, p.A3)

1998        Mar, In St. Augustine the Tragedy in US History Museum, created by L.H. "Buddy" Hough, closed.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A22)

1998        Mar, Bruce Kaplan, Dade County Commissioner, resigned after pleading no contest to charges of filing false financial statements.
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A9)

1998        Apr 4, Larry Singleton, rapist and murderer, was sentenced in Florida to death for the 1997 murder of Roxanne Hayes (31). He died in prison of cancer on December 28, 2001.
    (SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Singleton)

1998        Apr 22, The new Disney Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando was scheduled to open.
    (SFEC, 2/22/98, Par p.4)

1998        Apr, Lawmakers passed a bill that required girls under 18 to notify at least one parent prior to an abortion.
    (SFC, 5/1/98, p.A3)

1998        May 19, In Brooksville Hank Carr freed himself from handcuffs and killed 2 officers and a state trooper after he was picked up for questioning in the shooting death of his 4-year-old stepson. He later shot himself during a standoff with 170 police officers at a gas station.
    (SFC, 5/20/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 2, Bishop J. Keith Symons (65) announced his resignation as head of the Palm Beach diocese after admitting that he molested 5 boys early in his career. Bishop Robert N. Lynch was named as temp. administrator over the 200,000 Catholics in the 5-county diocese.
    (SFC, 6/3/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 6, Fires in east-central Florida burned 1,700 wooded acres near Palm Coast and 1,200 acres in Seminole County.
    (SFC, 6/8/98, p.A2)

1998        Jun 10, A jury in Jacksonville, Fla. ordered Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay nearly $1 million to the family of Roland Maddox, who had died after smoking Lucky Strikes for almost 50 years. A Florida appeals court later overturned the verdict.
    (AP, 6/10/99)(AP, 6/10/08)

1998        Jun 23, Some 260 fires raged across the state.
    (SFC, 6/24/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 30, A federal judge halted enforcement of a new Florida law that imposed 5-year prison terms on doctors who perform a type of late-term abortion.
    (SFC, 7/1/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun, Carmen Luneta, 18-year director of the Port of Miami, was indicted on federal charges of using the port as a personal bank.
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A9)

1998        Jul 1, Florida fires closed a 125-mile section of I-95.
    (SFC, 7/2/98, p.A3)

1998        Sep 2, Tropical Storm Earl hit the Florida Panhandle. It was expected to reach hurricane strength with winds over 74 mph.
    (SFC, 9/2/98, p.A2)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)

1998        cSep 12, In Tampa Amanda Hartman (7) disappeared from her trailer home. Willie Crane Jr. (52), a crabber and convicted child molester, was later charged with kidnapping and murder. He had just met the child’s mother 2 days earlier and spent that evening with the mother and child.
    (SFC, 10/3/98, p.A4)

1998        Sep 14, In Miami ten suspected Cuban spies were arrested for trying to penetrate the military and exile groups. Five men later pleaded guilty to lesser charges; the trial of the other five has been postponed until May 2000. The 5 remaining men were convicted in June, 2001, for acting as unregistered agents and conspiracy to commit crimes against the US. In 2009 a federal judge lowered the life sentence of Ramon Labanino to 30 years. The 19-year sentence against Fernando Gonzalez was reduced to about 18 years.
    (WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1) (WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/14/99)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A19)

1998        Sep 15-Oct 1, Hurricane Georges caused 602 deaths in the Caribbean and four in the United States. The storm hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and British and U.S. Virgin Islands before striking Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1998        Oct 22, In Miami Miranda Shaw (34) locked herself in a room with her 3 children, ages 4-14, doused it with gasoline and set fire killing all. She faced charges of petty theft from a school cafeteria and feared the loss of her job.
    (SFC, 10/31/98, p.A2)

1998        Nov 3, Maddie Clifton (8) was killed by Joshua Phillips (14) in Bartow. Phillips was sentenced to life in prison in 1999.
    (SFC, 8/21/99, p.A2)

1998        Dec 12, Gov. Lawton Chiles died at age 68. He had acquired wealth as one of the original investors in Red Lobster restaurants. Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay took over for the next 3 weeks.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, p.C14)

1998        Dec 17, A boatload of Cubans capsized off Elliot Key, Fla., during an immigrant-smuggling attempt and at least 8 people were drowned.
    (SFC, 12/19/98, p.A7)

1998        Florida passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act which said governments cannot impose a "substantial burden" on people's freedom of religious expression.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.A2)

1998        Two teenagers (aged 16 and 17) beat and kicked to death a gay man, Steven Goedereis (29), who had called one of them "beautiful." The teenagers were convicted of 2nd and 3rd degree murder in 1999.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A6)

1998        Bebe Rebozo, Miami businessman, died and left a $19 million bequest to Richard Nixon’s presidential library.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

1999        Jan 5, Jeb Bush was scheduled to take office as governor.
    (SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)

1999        Jan 5, Anthony Dejuan Fail was arrested in Miami. He was believed to be the gang leader at the center of a turf war that had left 12 people dead since August.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A3)

1999        Jan 11, Dr. Bradley Silverman (41), a Miami area surgeon, was shot and killed by former patient Robert Herndon (45) who was upset over the outcome of an operation.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A4)

1999        Feb 27, Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, was convicted of racketeering and grand theft. He announced his resignation Mar 15. Lyons was sentenced to 5 ˝ years in prison and ordered to repay almost $2.5 million.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.A3)

1999        Mar 8, In Orlando Shirley Egan (68) shot her daughter, Georgette Smith, after hearing her talk of putting her into a nursing home. Smith (42) was hit in the spine, completely paralyzed and later begged doctors to let her die. On May 18 a court ruled that life support could be removed the next day. Smith died May 19. Shirley Egan was acquitted of attempted murder on Aug 18.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A3)(SFC, 8/18/99, p.A3)

1999        Mar 16, Cuban Americans, whose sons were in custody by the INS, began a hunger strike outside the gates of the Krome Detention Center at the edge of the Everglades.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A11)

1999        Mar, Seuss Landing at the Universal Studios Escape theme park opened.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.B1)

1999        Apr 8, In Florida a power plant explosion killed 2 people in Tampa and injured 49.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 15, A fire burned 20-30 homes in Port St. Lucie and had spread over 1,500 acres.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 18, A fire in the Everglades had consumed some 50,000 acres and still burned along I-75 at Alligator Alley. In Port St. Lucie 43 homes were reported destroyed by fire.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A2)

1999        Apr 19, The Everglades fire charred 130,000 acres and continued to rage.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 22, The Everglades wildfire was contained after burning some 170,000 acres.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 27, In Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature agreed on a plan to allow children in the lowest-rated schools to use state vouchers for private schools.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 30, The Florida Legislature gave final approval to a school voucher program that would entitle students in the worst public schools to receive $3-25,000 a year to help pay for private or parochial school tuition. In 2002 a judge struck down the school-voucher law.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(WSJ, 8/6/02, p.A1)

1999        Apr, In Daytona some young black professionals held a reunion at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Their treatment caused them to file suit and in 200 they won $8 million in penalties for harassment and discrimination from the hotel chain.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A7)

1999        Jun 12, It was reported that King, a 29-year-old gorilla, was the last of his kind to be held in a 30 by 40 foot concrete cage at Monkey Jungle in Dade County. King was captured as an infant in Cameroon and had spent the last 20 years along in his cage at Monkey Jungle.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A8)

1999        Jun, The Miccosukee Indians celebrated the opening of their $50 million, 300-room resort and convention center on their 680 acres in Everglades National Park. Meanwhile the price tag for restoring the everglades ecosystem was put at $7.8 billion.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A6)

1999        Jul 5, It was reported that Norman Nixon (57) of Sarasota, Fla., planned to build a live-at-sea Freedom Ship to house some 50,000 people. The project was estimated at $6 billion. As of 2008 he was still working on realizing his dream. He was also suing several people who fleeced his company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    (SFC, 7/5/99, p.A3)(www.freedomship.com/)

1999        Jul 7, In Miami a jury found cigarette makers liable for injuries in a large class action suit.
    (SFC, 7/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 28, In Florida Lionel Tate (12) flung Tiffany Eunick (6) around a living room in a session of play wrestling. Eunick died from severe injuries. Tate was convicted of 1st degree murder in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2003 an appeals court ordered a new trial and Tate agreed to a 2nd degree murder charge. Tate was released in 2004.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, p.A3)(SFC, 3/10/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/19/01)(SFC, 12/11/03, p.A3)(AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A2)

1999        Aug 25, In Miami, Florida, federal agents arrested 50 American Airline workers for smuggling drugs and weapons.
    (SFC, 8/26/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 7-19, Hurricane Floyd caused one death in Caribbean and 56 in United States. Storm hit Bahamas before striking Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1999        Sep 9, In Miami undercover agents arrested 15 more people for suspected drug smuggling at the airport.
    (SFC, 9/10/99, p.A3)

1999        Sep 13, Hurricane Floyd with winds at 150 mph stretched out for 700 miles and approached the Florida coast as over a million people were ordered to evacuate the coast.
    (SFC, 9/14/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 22, A 2nd pipe bomb exploded at the Florida A&M Univ. The first went off on Aug 31 and no one was injured in either case. On Oct 1 Lawrence Michael Lombardi (41), a former vending machine company employee, was arrested in connection with the bombings.
    (SFC, 10/2/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 14, At Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41, built in 1945, was destroyed to make way for Atlas V rockets.
    (SFC, 10/15/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 15, In Apopka it was reported that some 10,000 homes were overrun by mice following the flooding of farmlands for the Lake Apopka restoration project.
    (SFC, 10/15/99, p.D6)
1999        Oct 15, Hurricane Irene hit southern Florida and 5 people were electrocuted by down power lines in Miami.
    (SFC, 10/16/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 29, Some 3,000 people attended a memorial service in Orlando, Florida, for golfer Payne Stewart, who was killed along with 5 other people in the crash of their Learjet.
    (AP, 10/29/00)

1999        Nov 25, A 5-year-old boy, one of 14 escapees from Cuba, was saved by sport fisherman off Florida while 9 people drowned. The fate of Elian Gonzalez was in question after his father called for his return to Cuba. This set off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/1/99, p.A7)(AP, 11/25/06)

1999        Dec 30, In Tampa, Fla., Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, an employee at the Radisson Bay Harbor Inn, shot and killed 4 co-workers and a motorist as he tempted to steal a car before police arrested him. Izquierdo-Leyva later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life.
    (SFC, 12/31/99, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)

1999-2001    Gambian rats first began showing up on Florida’s Grassy Key after a local exotic animal breeder released eight of the rats into the wild. The rodents, officially known as the Gambian pouched rat, are the largest known breed of rats in the world. They can grow up to three feet in length and weigh as much as nine pounds.
    (http://tinyurl.com/c9rn3q6)

1999-2007    Jeb Bush, the son of former US Pres. H.W. Bush, served as governor of Florida. During this period he cut billions of dollars from state tax receipts and passed a welter of pro-gun laws.
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.38)

2000        Jan 6, Florida lawmakers passed a bill to give death row inmates the option of lethal injection rather than the electric chair.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.A2)
2000        Jan 6, In Miami hundreds of Cuban Americans protested the INS decision to return Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba. At least 135 people were arrested.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.A3)

2000        Jan 10, In Florida Judge Rosa Gonzalez ordered that Elian Gonzalez remain in the US until a March court date to hear arguments by the boy's relatives in Miami for Elian to remain in the US.
    (SFC, 1/11/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 1, In Jacksonville Tracy Moss (26) shot and killed himself after being pursued by police. He had just killed his ex-wife, Mitzi Moss, his girlfriend, Kenyatta Shantell Mines, and his boss, Matthew Wells.
    (SFC, 2/2/00, p.A3)

2000        Feb 17, The Florida State Univ. Board of Regents approved rules that eliminated race and gender (affirmative action) as considerations for admission to the state's 10 public universities.
    (SFC, 2/18/00, p.A3)

2000        Feb 18, In Florida Sholam Weiss (b.1954) was sentenced in absentia to 845 years in prison for causing the 1994 collapse of the National Heritage Life Insurance Co. He was eventually apprehended by Austrian authorities in the Fall of 2000.
    (SFC, 3/25/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/ykab9qe)

2000        Feb, An Asian swamp eel, Monopterus albus, was discovered in South Miami-Dade County and it was feared that it would make its way into Everglades National Park and disrupt food webs.
    (SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A20)

2000        Mar 8, In Florida a 24-vehicle pileup on I-10, 90 miles east of Tallahassee, left 3 people dead and 21 injured. Blinding smoke from a forest fire was blamed.
     (SFC, 3/9/00, p.A3)

2000        Mar 14, In Florida a state judge ruled the 1-year-old school voucher program unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 3/15/00, p.A3)

2000        Mar 22, Four Florida counties were declared agricultural disaster areas due to a spreading citrus canker. Half the lime crop was already destroyed in the southern part of the state.
    (WSJ, 3/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 12, Janet Reno, US Attorney General, ordered the relatives of Elian Gonzalez to bring the boy to a Miami area airport for transferal to his father.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 22, In Miami US INS agents stormed the home of Lazaro Gonzalez and took away Elian Gonzalez to Washington, where he was united with his father. Riots erupted in Little Havana and 290 protesters were arrested.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A1,4)

2000        Apr 25, A medical evacuation helicopter crashed on the edge of Tampa Bay and 3 crew members were killed.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A4)

2000        Apr 28, In Florida William O’Brien, the Miami police chief, resigned after Mayor Joe Carollo fired Donald Warshaw, the city manager, who refused to fire O’Brien. O’Brien did not alert the mayor to the federal action in the Elian Gonzalez seizure.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)

2000        May 19, In Tampa a $30 million fire destroyed a 450-unit luxury housing project and post office under construction in Ybor City.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A3)

2000        May 26, In Florida, Nathaniel Brazill, a 13-year-old student, shot and killed teacher Barry Grunow (35) on the last day of classes at Lake Worth Community Middle School after the teacher refused to let him talk with two girls in his classroom. Brazill, a seventh grader, had been sent home for throwing water balloons. In 2001 Brazill was tried as an adult, convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.C2)(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A3)(AP, 5/26/05)

2000        Jun 4, George A. Burton (48), helicopter pilot, died when his craft crashed while fighting a fire near Fort Myers.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A3)

2000        Jun 20, A contractor drove a piling into an underwater pipe and caused a 25 million gallon sewage spill. 25 miles of Miami beaches were closed.
    (WSJ, 6/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul 6, The body of 19-year-old Cory Erving, son of basketball star Julius "Dr. J" Erving, was found in his car at the bottom of a Florida pond; he’d been missing since May 28th.
    (AP, 7/6/01)

2000        Jul 13, Harry Lee Coe II, a Hillsborough County state attorney, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was suspected that he committed suicide following an investigation into loans he got from subordinates.
    (SFC, 7/14/00, p.A6)

2000        Jul 14, In Florida a Miami-Dade County jury awarded $144.8 billion in punitive damages to 500,000 Florida smokers. Tobacco executives planned to appeal. In 2003 a state appeals court reversed not only the award but also the class action unifying hundreds of thousands of sick Florida smokers under a single lawsuit; the Florida Supreme Court agreed in May 2004 to review that decision..
    (SFC, 7/15/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A10)(AP, 7/14/05)

2000        Jul 23, Jamie Dean Petron held off police for a 2nd day and held 5 hostages in Orlando. A police sharpshooter shot and killed hostage Andrea Hall (40). Petron committed suicide the next day and 4 children were unhurt.
    (SFC, 7/26/00, p.A5)

2000        Jul 24, In Sarasota Nancy Campbell-Panitz (57) was found dead shortly after the broadcast of "the Jerry Springer Show" in which she was taped as a stalker in the "Secret Mistresses Confronted" episode. Ralf Panitz, her ex-husband, was arrested 4 days later and Eleanor Panitz was held as a material witness.
    (SFC, 7/26/00, p.A5)(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A2)

2000        Aug 11, A jury in Orlando, Fla., ordered the Disney Co. to pay $240 million to Nicholas Stracick and Edward Russell for stealing their ideas for a sports complex.
    (SFC, 8/12/00, p.A3)

2000        Aug 29, Thadeus Kubinski (69) died following a shark attack while swimming with his wife in 5-foot-deep water off their dock in Boca Ciega Bay.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.A14)

2000        Sep 27, It was reported that the Asian swamp eel, Monopterus albus, was within a mile of the fragile Florida Everglades National Park.
    (WSJ, 9/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 8, In Florida 19,000 votes were reported disqualified in West Palm Beach. Election officials began a recount and the US presidential election winner remained in suspense based on the Florida result.
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 10, Vote counting continued in Florida. An unofficial tally gave Bush a 327-vote lead.
    (SFC, 11/11/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 12, The Palm Beach Canvassing Board decided to recount all county votes, some 425,000, by hand.
    (SFEC, 11/12/00, p.1)

2000        Nov 13, The vote count in Florida was set to conclude though absentee ballots remained.
    (WSJ, 11/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 14, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush's fragile 300-vote lead over Al Gore, hours after a judge refused to lift a 5 p.m. deadline; however, the judge gave Harris the authority to accept or reject follow-up manual recount totals.
    (SFC, 11/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/14/01)

2000        Nov 15, In Florida Katherine Harris, the Republican Sec. of State, turned down requests by 4 counties to extend the time limit for counting ballots.
    (SFC, 11/16/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 16, The Florida State Supreme Court ruled that "there is no legal impediment to the recounts continuing."
    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.A1)
2000        Nov 16, A US Air Force F-16 collided with a small plane near Sarasota, Fla. The pilot of the Cessna was killed, the fighter pilot ejected safely.
    (WSJ, 11/17/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 17, The Florida Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying results of the marathon vote count just as Republican George W. Bush was advancing his minuscule lead over Democrat Al Gore. Also, a federal appeals court refused to block recounts under way in two heavily Democratic counties.
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/01)

2000        Nov 18, The absentee ballot count raised Gov. Bush’s lead over Al Gore to 930 votes.
    (SFEC, 11/19/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 20, Lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should be allowed to continue.
    (SFC, 11/21/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/20/01)

2000        Nov 21, In Florida the Supreme Court issued a 42-page unanimous decision that called for the recount in 3 counties to continue and that results be posted no later than 9 a.m. Nov 27.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 22, Gov. George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida. In Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Jorge Labarga ordered election officials to consider dimpled ballots. In Dade County election officials called off the recount due to their inability to meet the Nov 27 deadline.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 23, In Florida the Supreme Court rejected an emergency plea by Al Gore to force Miami-Dade County to resume manual counts. Meanwhile, Gore's lawyers argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that the high court should stay out of the Florida election controversy.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/23/01)

2000        Nov 26, Sec. of State Katherine Harris certified Gov. George W. Bush as winner in the state’s presidential election, 2,912,790 to 2,912,253, a 537-vote margin. Ralph Nader received 97,488 votes.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/01)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.32)

2000        Nov 29, Al Gore asked the Florida Supreme court for a spedup recount. Gore said in a series of TV interviews that he was prepared to contest the Florida presidential vote until "the middle of December." A judge ordered all ballots from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties sent to Tallahassee. Florida legislators planned a special session to name electors for George W. Bush.
    (SFC, 11/30/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/29/01)

2000        Nov 30, Gov. Bush proceeded with transition plans as Al Gore asked a Florida judge to begin an immediate review of 13,000 ballots from Palm Beach and Dade counties.
    (SFC, 12/1/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 1, The US Supreme Court heard arguments by attorneys of Al Gore and George W. Bush on the legality of a vote extension by the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court turned down 2 Democratic pleas for an immediate count of disputed ballots and for a new election in Palm Beach County.
    (SFC, 12/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 2, Al Gore sought a recount in south Florida, while George W. Bush flatly asserted, "I'm soon to be the president" and met with GOP congressional leaders.
    (AP, 12/2/01)

2000        Dec 3, Circuit Judge Sanders Sauls finished listening to testimony on al gore’s request for a hand count of 13,000 ballots in 2 counties.
    (SFC, 12/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 4, Judge Sauls denied Al Gore’s request for a recount. The US Supreme Court set aside the decision by the Florida Supreme Court to extend the vote counting deadline and sent the case back to the Florida court.
    (SFC, 12/5/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 5, The Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear Al Gore’s plea for hand recounts.
    (SFC, 12/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 7, The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments over the election results.
    (WSJ, 12/6/00, p.A1)
2000        Dec 7, A phase 1 water shortage was declared in southern Florida. Drought conditions were the worst since 1961.
    (SSFC, 2/18/01, p.A13)

2000        Dec 8, The Florida Supreme Court issued a 4-3 decision ordering new manual recounts of thousands of disputed ballots.
    (SFC, 12/9/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 9, The US Supreme ruled 5-4 to stop the recount in Florida until arguments are heard Dec 11.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 11, Pres. Clinton signed a bipartisan $7.8 billion bill to revive the Florida Everglades. It was the largest environmental restoration effort in history.
    (Sm, 3/06, p.48)

2000        Dec 12, A divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election, effectively transforming George W. Bush into the president-elect. The high court agreed, 7-to-2, to reverse the Florida court's order of a state recount and voted 5-to-4 that there was no acceptable procedure by which a timely new recount could take place. A later review of the ballots suggested that George W. bush would have won anyway.
    (SFC, 12/13/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/12/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/12/01)

2000        Dec 15, Mazen Al-Najjar, a Palestinian immigrant who had taught at the Univ. of South Florida, was released following 3˝ years in jail on secret evidence. He still faced deportation and was suspected of having ties with the Syrian-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
    (SFC, 12/16/00, p.A8)

2000        Dec, Pres. Clinton signed the $7.8 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. CERP included 68 projects planned over 30 years.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.32)

2001        Jan 28, Super Bowl XXXV was played in Tampa. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34-7.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.T8)

2001        Jan, Rilya Wilson (4) disappeared. She was not reported missing until Apr 25, 2002. Geralyn and Pamela Graham, 2 sisters who cared for Rilya, were charged Oct 2, 2002 with accepting some $14,000 in Florida public assistance following her disappearance.
    (SFC, 10/3/02, p.A4)

2001        Feb 5, The new $16 million Holy Land Experience theme park opened in Orlando.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A2)

2001        Feb 6, Gus Boulis (51), founder of the Miami Subs restaurant chain and SunCruz gambling cruises, was shot and killed in Fort Lauderdale. In 2006 it was reported that Boulis was killed by John Gurino, a man with mob connections, who was himself killed by a business partner in 2003.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.A4)(SFC, 6/10/06, p.A9)

2001        Feb 16, A wildfire broke out between Orlando and Tampa and burned some 10,000 acres before it was brought under control on Feb 26.
    (SFC, 2/27/01, p.A8)

2001        Feb 18, In Florida Dale Earnhardt (b.1951), race car driver, was killed on his final turn at the NASCAR Daytona 500. Later this year Joe Menzer authored "The Wildest Ride," a history of NASCAR racing.
    (SFC, 2/19/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/9/01, p.A26)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)

2001        Feb 20, In Florida 11,000 acres burned near Polk City.
    (SFC, 2/21/01, p.A7)

2001        Mar 9, A judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sentenced 14-year-old Lionel Tate to life in prison for the 1999 killing of Tiffany Eunick, a 6-year old girl. Tate, who had been convicted of first-degree murder, said he was imitating pro-wrestling moves. Tate's first-degree murder conviction and sentence were later overturned; he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a new sentence of probation, but is now accused of violating that probation.
    (AP, 3/9/02)(AP, 3/9/06)

2001        Apr 17, Alfred Moen (86), inventor of the single-handed faucet, died in Destin, Fla. He began working on the device in 1937 as a college student and found a manufacturer, Ravenna Metal Products of Seattle, in 1947.
    (WSJ, 4/19/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A23)

2001        Jun 4, Pres. Bush spoke in the Florida Everglades and underlined his request for $58 million in the 2002 budget for Everglades restoration.
    (SFC, 6/5/01, p.A3)

2001        Jun 8, Five Cuban men were convicted in the US for operating as unregistered foreign agents. Gerardo Hernandez (36) was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 12 for conspiracy in the deaths of 4 aviators shot down by Cuba in 1996. Antonio Guerrero (43), convicted for spying while working a Navy base in Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 27. In 2009 Guerrero’s sentence was reduced to 20 years. Fernando Gonzalez, known to US authorities by his alias, Ruben Campa, completed his sentence in 2014 at a prison in Arizona and was deported to Cuba.
    (SFC, 12/13/01, p.A4)(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)(AP, 2/27/14)

2001        Jun 12, Gov. Jebb Bush signed into law a bill banning the execution of mentally retarded killers. Florida became the 15th state to do so.
    (SFC, 6/13/01, p.A12)
2001        Jun 12, Tropical Storm Allison killed another 4 people. 5 were killed in the Panhandle a week earlier.
    (SFC, 6/13/01, p.A12)

2001        Jul 6, Eight-year-old Jessie Arbogast was badly injured in a shark attack off the Florida coast.
    (AP, 7/6/02)

2001        Jul 25, Irving Sicherer (76) was found bludgeoned to death in his condo in Adventura. Adam Ezerski (19) was suspected.
    (SFC, 8/16/01, p.A15)

2001        Jul 26, Anthony Martilotto (39) was strangled to death in Fort Lauderdale. Adam Ezerski (19) was suspected. Ezerski was caught in Reno on Aug 17.
    (SFC, 8/16/01, p.A15) (SFC, 8/18/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 4, In Florida an immigration official turned back Muhammed al-Kahtani (al-Qahtani), a Saudi who had flown in from London with $2,800 in cash and no return ticket. He was later captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo after officials suspected that he was the intended 20th hijacker for the Nov 11 attacks. In 2008 the Pentagon dropped charges against al-Qahtani.
    (Econ, 2/16/08, p.39)(AP, 5/13/08)

2001        Sep 7, In Miami 13 current and former police officers were indicted for planting evidence, cover-ups and multiple cases of misconduct from the mid 1990s. More indictments were expected.
    (SFC, 9/8/01, p.A3)

2001        Sep 23, In Hillsborough County, Florida, Randolph Standifer (21) was arrested for the rape and attempted murder of a 9-month-old baby that was kidnapped and abandoned a day earlier.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.B2)

2001        Oct 5, Bob Stevens (63), photo editor for the Sun tabloid, died of anthrax. Anthrax spores were later found on his computer keyboard in Lantana. This was the 1st of a series of cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington. In 2011 his widow settled a $2.5 million lawsuit against the US government.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_2001_anthrax_attacks)(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D7)(AP, 10/5/02)(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/30/11, p.A13)

2001        Oct 8, A 2nd case of anthrax was reported in Ernesto Blanco (73), a co-worker of the man who died Oct 5 in Florida.
    (SFC, 10/9/01, p.A1)

2001        Oct 9, The 2 anthrax cases in Florida was reported to probably have been caused by an intentional release of the deadly bacteria.
    (SFC, 10/10/01, p.A4)

2001        Oct 10, A 3rd Florida case of anthrax was identified in a 35-year-old woman who worked in the same office as Robert Stevens. The strain was reported to match one from Iowa in the 1950s commonly used by lab researchers.
    (SFC, 10/11/01, p.A4,5)

2001        Nov 1, Anthrax spores were found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th postal facility in Florida.
    (WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 15, Investigators in Florida said anthrax was found throughout the 68,000-square-foot America Media building in Boca Raton, where the 1st case was identified.
    (SFC, 11/16/01, p.A17)

2001        Nov 21, Florida disbarred F. Lee Bailey (68) for payment in a 1994 drug case that was supposed to go to the government.
    (SFC, 11/22/01, p.A20)

2001        Nov 26, In Pensacola, Fla., Terry Lee King was murdered and his house set afire. His 2 sons, Derek (14) and Alex (13) confessed to the murder, but later said Rick Chavis (40), a local handyman, killed the father and had gotten the boys to take the blame. Derek and Alex were convicted of 2nd degree murder on Sep 6, 2002. Rick Chavis was acquitted. Derek was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Alex was sentenced to 7 years.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/7/02)(SFC, 11/15/02, p.A8)

2001        Dec 12, Gerardo Hernandez, the leader of a Cuban spy ring, received a life sentence in federal court in Miami for his role in the infiltration of US military bases and the deaths of four Cuban-Americans in 1996.
    (AP, 12/12/02)

2001        Dec 28, Lawrence Singleton (74), rapist, died at a Florida prison hospital where he was awaiting execution for a 1997 murder. Singleton had raped Mary Vincent (15) in 1978 and chopped off her forearms. He was paroled in 1987.
    (SFC, 1/1/02, p.A1)

2001        The Zumba dance program, a type of cardio exercise, was begun in Miami by Colombia-born Alberto Perez with his sales of dance fitness DVDs.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.E4)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwVdBH4vjLU)
2001        A Florida judge upheld the state’s 24-year-old law banning gay adoptions.
    (SFC, 8/31/01, p.A3)

2002        Jan 2, The No. 5 Florida Gators crushed No. 6 Maryland 56-23 in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/2/03)

2002        Jan 3, In Florida the conviction of Juan Melendez for a 1983 murder was overturned after he had spent 17 years on death row. In 2000 the transcript of another man’s confession, withheld by prosecutors, was found.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 4, Florida coach Steve Spurrier resigned to pursue an NFL job, two days after leading the Gators to victory over Maryland in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/4/07)

2002        Jan 24, The Florida state pension fund reported a $325 million loss from the demise of Enron. The Univ. of California reported a $145 million loss.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A24)

2002        Feb 17, Ward Burton took advantage of Sterling Marlin's blunder for his first victory in the Daytona 500. Marlin, who appeared in control of the race, was penalized for getting out of his car and pulling briefly on a damaged fender during the stoppage.
    (AP, 2/17/07)

2002        Mar 1, Grand American series driver Jeff Clinton was killed during practice in a crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    (AP, 3/1/07)

2002        Mar 8, Anthony J. O’Connell, Palm Beach Catholic bishop, resigned after admitting to the sexual abuse of a teen-age seminary student 27 years earlier.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A3)

2002        Feb, Florida Bay experienced a mass of "black water" spread over some 700 sq. miles north of the Keys. It was thought to be caused by an algal bloom.
    (SFC, 4/6/02, p.C10)

2002        Apr 18, An Amtrak train derailed near Crescent City, Florida, and 4 people were killed. The engineer had pulled the emergency brake after he spied what he thought was deformed track. 3 workers pulled the emergency brake when they saw a disjointed track.
    (SFC, 4/19/02, p.A3)(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/21/02, p.A1)

2002        May 22, Robert Rhodes (68), former Florida dog track security guard, was charged in Alabama with cruelty to animals after the remains of some 3,000 greyhounds were found on his property.
    (SFC, 5/23/02, p.A6)

2002        May 29, Pres. Bush moved to prevent oil drilling off the Florida coast and in the Everglades. Payments of $115  and $120 million would be made to buy back drilling rights. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said it was good public policy.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A3)

2002        Jun 5, The SF Guardian reported that Greg Palast, BBC journalist, had uncovered that the state of Florida had used an inaccurate list in an effort to purge felons from the 2000 voter rolls. As it turned out, only a fraction of the 57,700 people on the list were ex-cons.
    (SFG, 6/5/02)

2002        Jun 26, In Florida Jennifer Irene Graves (30) shot Ronnie Katrina Holton (21) in the head and kidnapped her 6-month-old boy. Graves was arrested in Fort Myers and Holton died 3 days later.
    (SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A20)

2002        Jul 2, A trial court in Florida ruled that the state’s capital sentencing statute in constitutional.
    (SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)

2002        Jul 5, Ted Williams (83), baseball legend, died in Florida.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul, Moon rocks stolen from a NASA safe were recovered at a hotel in Orlando, Fl. 4 men were later convicted and sentenced to prison terms.
    (USAT, 10/30/03, p.7A)

2002        Aug 3, Barbara Jean Laney (67), former model and actress (TV’s Sky King), was beaten, strangled and stabbed to death at her Bradenton, Florida, condo. In 2006 Gary Michael Cloud (49) was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.
    (SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/hosx8)

2002        Aug 10, Doris Wishman (82), director of bad films, died in Coral Gables, Florida. Her films included such works as "Bad Girls Go to Hell" and "Blaze Star Goes Nudist."
    (SFC, 8/20/02, p.A22)

2002        Sep 10, In the Florida Democratic primary Bill McBride won over former Attorney General Janet Reno by some 8,196 votes for a chance to unseat Gov. Jebb Bush. McBride was certified as winner on Sep 17. Polling stations opened late and problems cropped up with new touchscreen voting machines.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/13/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 9/10/03)

2002        Oct 9, Aileen Wuornos (46), a former prostitute, was executed for killing 6 men along Florida highways. She became the 10th woman executed in the US since capital punishment resumed in 1977.
    (SFC, 7/2/01, p.A7)(SFC, 10/10/02, p.A7)

2002        Nov 20, Thomas Mohaghan (65), founder of Domino’s Pizza, pledged at least $220 million to build the Catholic Ave Maria Univ. near Naples, Fla.
    (SFC, 11/21/02, p.A7)

2002        Dec 8, Devi Sridhar (18) of Coral Gables, Florida, was one of 32 recipients of the Rhodes scholarship and the youngest ever US recipient.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.J1)

2002        The South Florida Water Management District voted in 1998 to spend $120 million to buyout 1,400 landowners on some 6,000 acres in the East Everglades by this year.
    (SFC, 12/7/98, p.A7)

2003        Jan 26, Tampa Bay won their first NFL championship over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37. Rioting erupted on Oakland streets following the Raiders' Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bucs (48-21).
    (SFC, 1/27/03, p.A1)(AP, 1/26/04)

2003        Jan 27, In Florida over 800 doctors staged a brief walkout to protest rising malpractice insurance costs.
    (WSJ, 1/28/03, p.A1)

2003        Feb 20, Sami Al-Arian, a University of South Florida engineering professor, and seven other men were charged with financing a Palestinian terrorist group. Four of the men face trial; the other four have yet to be arrested. On Dec 6, 2005, a Florida jury cleared Al-Arian and 3 co-defendants of terror charges.
    (AP, 2/20/04)(SFC, 12/7/05, p.A5)(Econ, 12/10/05, p.38)

2003        Apr 18, In the Florida Keys at least 28 pilot whales stranded themselves and 5 were reported dead.
    (SFC, 4/19/03, p.A4)

2003        May 25, In Miami an explosion on the cruise ship SS Norway, formerly the SS France, killed 4 boiler-room crew members.
    (SFC, 5/26/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 13, Florida's legislature approved a bill that capped most medical malpractice damage awards at $500,000.
    (WSJ, 8/14/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 24, Japan’s Musashi-Fuchu routed East Boynton Beach, Fla., 10-1 to win the Little League World Series.
    (AP, 8/24/08)

2003        Sep 3, Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.
    (AP, 9/3/04)

2003        Sep 20, In Atlantic City, NJ, Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap beat out 50 rivals to be crowned Miss America.
    (AP, 9/21/03)

2003        Oct 15, The Florida Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-6 in game 7 for the National League pennant.
    (WSJ, 10/16/03, p.A1)
2003        Oct 15, In Florida tube-feeding stopped for Terri Schiavo (39), severely brain-damaged since 1990, based on a court decision for its removal. Death was expected within 2 weeks. The tube was reinserted six days later after the Florida Legislature rushed through "Terri's Law," which was recently struck down by the Florida Supreme Court
    (Econ, 10/18/03, p.31)(AP, 10/15/04)

2003        Oct 21, In Florida tube-feeding was resumed for Terri Schiavo (39), brain-damaged since 1990, on orders from Gov. Jeb Bush, who overrode a court decision for its removal.
    (SFC, 10/22/03, p.A2)(WSJ, 10/22/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 25, The Florida Marlins beat the NY Yankees 2-0 at Yankee Stadium and won Baseball's World Series in 6 games.
    (SSFC, 10/26/03, p.B1)
2003        Oct 25, Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest 48-24.
    (AP, 10/25/04)

2003        Oct 28, The seven astronauts who died in the February 1 Columbia shuttle disaster were honored with the unveiling of their names carved into the national Space Mirror Memorial in Florida.
    (AP, 10/28/08)

2003        Oct, In Florida farm worker Felipe Santos (23) disappeared after he was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins following a fender bender.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A9)

2003        Nov 20, In Florida ministers from 34 countries announced a framework to establish a Free Trade Area of the Americas" (FTAA), as police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.A12)(AP, 11/20/04)

2003        Nov 21, The Air Force conducted a 2nd test of the "Mother of All Bombs," officially the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, in Florida. It was 1st tested Mar 11.
    (AP, 11/21/03)

2003        Dec 10, An appeals court ordered a new trial for Lionel Tate, a Florida teen sentenced to life for causing the death of a 6-year-old playmate, Tiffany Eunick. Originally convicted of first-degree murder, Tate pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder and went free in January 2004.
    (AP, 12/10/08)

2003        Dec 25, Florida's Gov. Jeb Bush dedicated a faith-based prison.
    (WSJ, 12/26/03, p.A1)

2003        The Florida Clean Air Act became part of the state constitution. It prohibited smoking in virtually all indoor public areas.
    (WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D12)

2004        Jan 26, Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars.
    (AP, 1/26/05)

2004        Jan, In Florida Terrance Williams (27) disappeared after he was picked up by Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins following the breakdown of his car.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A9)

2004        Feb 1, In Sarasota, Florida, Carlie Brucia (11) was abducted. Brucia, whose abduction was captured by a surveillance camera, was found Feb 6 in a church parking lot, and Joseph P. Smith, a mechanic, was charged with her murder. Smith (39) was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder on Nov 17, 2005. In 2006 Smith was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A7)

2004        Feb 6-7, G7 finance ministers met in Boca Raton, Florida, and agreed that more flexibility is desirable for currencies that “lack such flexibility."
    (Econ, 2/14/04, p.70)

2004        Apr 19, Jim Cantalupo (60), McDonald's Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive, died of an apparent heart attack in Florida and the company named Chief Operating Officer Charlie Bell to replace him as CEO.
    (AP, 4/19/04)

2004        Jun 7, In Hockey’s Stanley Cup Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in game 7.
    (WSJ, 6/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 3, At Cape Canaveral, Fla., a Delta II rocket lifted the spacecraft Messenger on a 6 ˝ year journey toward Mercury.
    (SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)

2004        Aug 6, In Deltona, Fla., 4 men and two women were found slain in a home after one of them failed to show up for an early morning shift at a nearby Burger King. A man who was angry about a suspected theft recruited three teenagers to stab and beat six people to death with baseball bats.
    (AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 8/8/04)

2004        Aug 10, Pres. Bush nominated Porter J. Goss, Florida Republican congressman, to head the CIA. Goss spent most of his career as a clandestine operative in Latin America.
    (AP, 8/11/04)(WSJ, 8/11/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 13, Hurricane Charley roared across Cuba, ripping apart roofs, downing power lines and yanking up huge palm trees on its way to Florida. Charley hit Florida with winds at 145mph. It flattened oceanfront homes, killed 23 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 8/13/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP, 8/16/04)(WSJ, 8/20/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 5, The eye of Hurricane Frances made official landfall near Sewall’s Point, Fl. Sustained winds of 105 mph knocked out power to some 2 million people. Frances left 19 dead in Florida as it slowly moved northwest.
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 6, Former hurricane Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.
    (AP, 9/6/05)

2004        Sep 16, Hurricane Ivan slammed ashore in Alabama with winds of 130 mph, packing deadly tornadoes and a powerful punch of waves and rain that threatened to swamp communities from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. At least 23 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/16/04)(SFC, 9/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 17, The violent remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70 dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama, 16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8 in North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)

2004        Sep 26, Hurricane Jeanne blasted ashore in Florida with drenching rains and 120 mph wind. At least 1.5 million people were without power. Several people were killed.
    (AP, 9/26/04)(WSJ, 9/27/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 3, Mel Martinez, George Bush’s former Sec. of Housing, won a Florida Senate seat.
    (Econ, 11/6/04, p.30)

2004        The property tax base in Miami, Florida, rose 27% as home prices doubled since 1999.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.23)

2005        Feb 4, John and Linda Dollar, a Florida couple accused of torturing and starving five adopted children, were captured in southeastern Utah.
    (AP, 2/5/05)

2005        Feb 20, In Florida Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500. Gordon was born in Vallejo, California, and raised in Pittsboro, Indiana.
    (AP, 2/20/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Gordon)

2005        Feb 23, In Homosassa, Florida, Jessica Marie Lunsford (9), was last seen when her grandmother tucked her into bed. The next morning, her father discovered she was gone. [see Mar 19]
    (AP, 2/27/05)

2005        Mar 2, It was reported that the Palm Beach, Fla., hedge fund KL Financial, with assets of $200 million, had run out of funds.
    (WSJ, 3/2/05, p.C1)
2005        Mar 2, In Florida dozens of dolphins beached on the Florida Keys. Sonar from a US submarine was later suspected.
    (SSFC, 3/6/05, p.A3)

2005        Mar 18, Doctors in Florida removed the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo (41) despite efforts by congressional Republicans to halt the process. The brain-damaged woman died on March 31, 2005, at age 41.
    (SFC, 3/19/05, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/06)

2005        Mar 19, In Florida the body of missing Jessica Lunsford (9) was found, a day after officials said John Evander Couey (46), a registered sex offender, confessed to kidnapping and killing the girl. [see Feb 23] On June 30, 2006, a judge ruled that John Couey's taped confession is inadmissible in court and will not be heard by members of the jury. The decision was based on the fact that, at the time the confession was recorded, police had not granted Couey's repeated requests for access to a lawyer. It was ruled that all evidence collected after Couey's confession, including the recovery of Lunsford's body, will be allowed in court, as will incriminating statements made by Couey to investigators and a jail guard. The Jessica Lunsford Act was named after her. It requires tighter restrictions on sex offenders (such as wearing electronic tracking devices) and increases prison sentences for some convicted sex offenders. Jessica's Law refers to similar reform acts initiated by the states. In 2007 a jury decided that Couey should get the death penalty. On Aug 24 a judge sentenced Couey to death.
    (AP, 3/19/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Lunsford)(SFC, 8/25/07, p.A3)

2005        Mar 21, Pres. Bush in the early hours signed an emergency bill called the “Palm Sunday Compromise" to permit the reinsertion of a feeding tube to keep Terri Schiavo alive in Florida.
    (SFC, 3/21/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 24, The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo to have a feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman.
    (AP, 3/24/06)

2005        Mar 31, Terri Schiavo (41), the severely brain-damaged woman who spent 15 years connected to a feeding tube in an epic legal and medical battle that went all the way to the White House and Congress, died in Florida, 13 days after the tube was removed.
    (AP, 3/31/05)(SFC, 4/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 2, Terri Schiavo's body was cremated as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents, who were unable to have their own independent expert observe her autopsy.
    (AP, 4/2/06)

2005        Apr 9, Sarah Michelle Lunde (13) was last seen in Ruskin, Fla. Her body was found April 16 at an abandoned fish camp about a half mile from her home. David Onstott (36), a sex offender who once dated the girl’s mother, was arrested April 12. Onstott confessed and was charged with 1st degree murder on April 17.
    (SSFC, 4/17/05, p.A13)

2005        Apr 16, Authorities in Hillsborough County, Fla., found the body of missing 13-year-old Sarah Michelle Lunde. A suspect, David Lee Onstott, was charged with her murder on April 17.
    (AP, 4/16/06)(SSFC, 4/17/05, p.A13)

2005        Apr 17, Registered sex offender David Lee Onstott was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sarah Michelle Lunde, the 13-year-old Florida girl whose body had been found the day before.
    (AP, 4/17/06)

2005        Apr 26, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force with force," effective Oct 1. Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)(AP, 8/26/06)

2005        May 2, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation imposing 25-year jail terms for some child molesters and forcing many to wear satellite tracking gear upon release.
    (WSJ, 5/3/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 13, A 4-year-old boy died following a spin on the Disney World “Mission Space" ride.
    (SFC, 6/15/05, p.A3)

2005        Jun 25, A shark attack near Pensacola, Florida, killed a girl (14).
    (WSJ, 6/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul 10, Hurricane Dennis swamped homes, ripped off roofs and felled power lines and trees when it hurtled into northwest Florida and Alabama with 120-mph (190-kph) winds. The storm left at least 16 dead in Haiti. Dennis killed at least 16 people in Cuba, damaged or destroyed 15,000 homes and caused an estimated $1.4 billion in property damage.
    (Reuters, 7/11/05)(WSJ, 7/11/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/12/05)

2005        Aug 3, Luis Diaz (67), a Florida man who spent 26 years in prison on rape charges, was released after a judge exonerated him because new DNA evidence cast doubts on his guilt. Authorities believed at the time the former cook was Miami's infamous "Bird Road rapist" blamed for attacks on at least 25 women between 1977 and 1979.
    (AFP, 8/3/05)

2005        Aug 25, Hurricane Katrina plodded across South Florida and left 4 people dead.
    (AP, 8/26/05)

2005        Sep 18, At least 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases around the world each year, the UN International Labor Organization said in a report, adding that the estimate was 10 percent higher than in 2002. The report was to be released at the 17th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Orlando, Florida, which runs to Sep 22.
    (AP, 9/18/05)

2005        Sep 19, Officials ordered residents evacuated from the lower Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Rita headed toward the island chain, threatening to grow into a hurricane with a potential 8-foot storm surge.
    (AP, 9/19/05)

2005        Sep 20, Rita strengthened into a growing hurricane as it lashed the Florida Keys with heavy rain and strong wind, threatening the island chain with a storm surge of up to 6 feet and sparking fears the storm could eventually bring new misery to the Gulf Coast.
    (AP, 9/20/05)

2005        Oct 24, Hurricane Wilma left at least 6 dead in Florida and damages estimated to be as much as $6-10 billion, making it the 3rd costliest in US history (behind Andrew and Katrina). Some 27,700 dwellings were destroyed or rendered temporarily unlivable.
    (WSJ, 10/24/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/15/05, p.B1)

2005        Oct 26, In Florida the death toll from Hurricane Wilma rose to 10. Officials estimated agriculture damage at $1 billion.
    (WSJ, 10/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Oct 27, Pres. Bush visited Florida and took a look at the damage from Hurricane Wilma as the death toll rose to 14. Some 2 million homes and businesses were still without power.
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.A9)

2005        Oct, Wildlife researchers with the South Florida Natural Resources Center found a dead, headless python after it apparently tried to digest a 6-foot-long (2-meter-long) American alligator. The mostly intact dead gator was found sticking out of a hole in the midsection of the python, and wads of gator skin were found in the snake's gastrointestinal tract.
    (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1006_051006_pythoneatsgator.html)

2005        Nov 2, In Florida 2 men pleaded guilty to organizing a Cuban smuggling trip that ended when their speedboat capsized and a 6-year-old boy drowned on Oct 12.
    (AP, 11/2/05)

2005        Nov 17, A jury in Sarasota, Fla., convicted mechanic Joseph Smith (37) of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose Feb 1, 2004, abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera. On December 1, 2005, a jury, by a vote of 10 to 2, returned a recommendation for the death penalty. On March 15, 2006, the day before what would have been Carlie's fourteenth birthday, he was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment on the charges of sexual battery and kidnapping, and was sentenced to death by lethal injection for murder.
    (AP, 11/17/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlie_Brucia)

2005        Nov 18, A civil jury in Florida ruled 10-2 that Robert Blake (72), former “Baretta" TV star, intentionally caused the 2001 death of Bonny Lee Bakley, and ordered him to pay her children $30 million.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.A2)

2006        Nov, In Florida Abraham Shakespeare (b.1966) won $31 million in the state lottery. He took a $16.9 million lump sum and soon was befriended by Dorice Moore. In April, 2009, Shakespeare went missing. On Jan 28, 2010, his remains were found buried in Moore’s backyard and she was arrested as an accessory to murder.
    (SFC, 2/3/10, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/y9uzwe9)

2005        Dec 1, A jury in Sarasota, Fla., recommended the death sentence for Joseph Smith, the killer of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia.
    (AP, 12/1/06)

2005        Dec 7, In Miami, Florida, US Air Marshals shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar on suspicion of having a bomb. No bomb was found, and federal officials later concluded there was no link to terrorism. Witnesses said his wife, Anne, frantically tried to explain he was bipolar, a mental illness also known as manic-depression, and was off his medication.
    (AP, 12/08/05)

2005        Dec 19, In Florida a 58-year-old propeller seaplane, owned by Chalk’s Ocean Airways, crashed in the water off Miami Beach after taking off for Bimini in the Bahamas. 20 people were killed. Federal investigators found longstanding cracks in a wing that fell off.
    (AP, 12/20/05)(SFC, 12/20/05, p.A4)(WSJ, 12/22/05, p.A1)

2005        Dec 30, In Florida 87 Cubans reached shore in a series of landings that made police suspect smugglers.
    (WSJ, 12/31/05, p.A1)

2006        Jan 5, The Florida Supreme Court struck down the voucher system that allowed some children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense, saying that it violates the state constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public schools.
    (AP, 1/5/06)

2006        Jan 6, In Florida Martin Lee Anderson (14) died a day after he was brutally beaten at a juvenile detention boot camp. Videotape showed that he was punched and kicked. A 2nd autopsy on Mar 13 indicated that Anderson did not die of natural causes. An earlier autopsy said his death was due to a sickle cell trait. In May 2007 the Florida state legislature agreed to pay Anderson’s family $5 million to settle civil claims. On Oct 12, 2007, an all-white jury acquitted 8 former boot camp workers of manslaughter.
    (AP, 2/17/06)(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A4)(SFC, 10/13/07, p.A4)

2006        Jan 9, The US charged a husband and wife Florida Int’l. Univ. employees, one a teacher, with spying for decades for Castro’s regime in Cuba.
    (WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A1)(www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-10-voa7.cfm)

2006        Jan 11, Sarasota, Florida, was named the 2005 meanest city in America by the national Coalition for the Homeless after the city council banned sleeping outside overnight without permission on public or private property.
    (www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-13-homeless-cities_x.htm)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.28)

2006        Jan 12, In Fort Lauderdale 4 youths went cruising to beat up some bums. Norris Gaynor (45), a homeless man, was beaten to death with baseball bats in one of 3 attacks. A surveillance camera captured the beating of Jacques Pierre in one of the non-lethal attacks. [see Jan 15]
    (SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)

2006        Jan 14, Christopher Penley (15) was shot by a SWAT team in a Longwood, Fl., middleschool when his pellet gun was mistaken for real pistol. Penley died the next day.
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.A5)

2006        Jan 15, Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrested Brian Hooks and Thomas Daugherty, two teenagers charged with murdering Norris Gaynor (45), a homeless man. Three such attacks were conducted in the early hours of January 12, leaving Gaynor dead and two others seriously wounded. In 2008 Brian Hooks (21) and Thomas Dougherty (19) faced trial for murder and attempted murder. 2 other youths played lesser roles. On Oct 23 Dougherty was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)(SFC, 10/24/08, p.A4)

2006        Jan 23, Alan Crotzer (45) was freed in Florida after DNA testing and other evidence convinced prosecutors he was not involved in the 1981 armed robbery and rapes that led to a 130-year prison sentence. DNA has been used to clear at least 172 people wrongly convicted of crimes in 31 states since 1989, according to the Innocence Project.
    (AP, 1/24/06)

2006        Jan 25, In Florida a car full of siblings headed home was crushed between a truck and a stopped school bus, killing the seven adopted children just two miles from where they lived.
    (AP, 1/26/06)

2006        Jan 29, Nam June Paik (74), the avant-garde artist credited with inventing video art in the 1960s by combining multiple TV screens with sculpture, music and live performers, died in Miami, Fla. In a 1974 report commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Paik wrote of a telecommunications network of the future he called the "Electronic Super Highway," predicting it "will become our springboard for new and surprising human endeavors."
    (AP, 1/30/06)

2006         Feb 5, Alan Shalleck, writer and director, was beaten and stabbed to death at his Boynton Beach home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had collaborated with the co-creator of "Curious George" to bring the mischievous monkey to TV and a series of book sequels. In 2007 Rex Ditto (31) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing. His co-defendant and former lover, Vincent Puglisi (56) was scheduled for trial in early 2008.
    (AP, 10/19/07)

2006        Feb 8, Steve Fossett (61) soared out over the Atlantic from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a quest to break the 25,000-mile record for the world's longest aircraft flight. The 80-hour voyage would break the airplane distance record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the lightweight Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.
    (AP, 2/9/06)

2006        Mar 2, It was reported that Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, hoped that the new town of Ave Maria in southwestern Florida would be governed under strict Roman Catholic principles. The town was being constructed around Ave Maria Univ. east of Naples. The town and university, bankrolled by Monaghan with $250 million, were set to open in 2007.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.A2)

2006        Mar 29, Jack Abramoff, the US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, drew a 6-year prison term in a Florida fraud case.
    (WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)

2006        Apr 3, Florida beat UCLA, 73-57, to win its first NCAA title in men's basketball.
    (AP, 4/3/07)

2006        Apr 26, Florida lawmakers agreed to shut down the state’s juvenile boot camps in response to the Jan 6 death of a boy (14), who was beaten by guards. They would be replaced with a new, less militaristic program.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A3)

2006        May 1, A Florida judge sentenced former professor Sami Al-Arian (48) to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Al-Arian signed a plea agreement April 14 in which he admitted providing support to members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
    (AP, 5/1/06)

2006        May 8, Florida’s Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency and called in the state National Guard to help fight wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and blanketed highways with thick smoke.
    (AP, 5/9/06)

2006        May 17, US Navy divers detonated explosives aboard the USS Oriskany, sending the retired aircraft carrier on a 212-foot plunge to bottom of the Gulf of Mexico 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., to create the world's largest intentional reef.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(www.irishmansoftware.com/Oriskany.htm)

2006        May 18, In Florida Lionel Tate (19) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for violating probation by having a gun and robbing a pizza delivery man in 2005. The teenager had been convicted of murdering a 6-year-old girl in 1999 in what his attorneys initially claimed was a pro wrestling move.
    (AP, 5/18/06)

2006        May 31, Florida’s Gov. Jeb Bush signed the Martin Lee Anderson Act, which replaced boot camps with education based juvenile detention centers.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.29)

2006        Jun 12, Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast as the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season quickly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jun 20, The Miami Heat won their first NBA title, beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 in Game 6.
    (AP, 6/20/07)

2006        Jun 21, In Tallahassee, Florida, corrections officer Ralph Hill, an Air Force veteran, had smuggled a gun into the prison and opened fire on FBI agents and Justice Department investigators. Hill (43) and Justice Department special agent William "Buddy" Sentner (44) were killed, and a prison employee helping with the arrests was wounded. The federal agents were trying to arrest Hill and five others indicted in a sex-for-contraband scandal.
    (AP, 6/22/06)

2006        Jun 22, In Florida FBI agents arrested 7 people in the Liberty City area of Miami in connection with a nascent plot to attack the Sears Tower and federal buildings in south Florida. Narseal Batiste (32), the alleged ringleader, called the group “Seas of David." In 2009 five Miami men were convicted of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection by destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man was acquitted.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A10)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.26)(AP, 5/12/09)

2006        Jun 30, Cuban librarians criticized attempts by the Miami-Dade County school board to ban a children's book that presents a positive depiction of life on the communist-run island.
    (AP, 7/1/06)

2006        Aug 2, Florida and CSX Transportation struck a deal on a nearly $1 billion commuter rail system in central Florida to relieve gridlock in and around Orlando.
    (Reuters, 8/2/06)

2006        Aug 6, Walt Disney World hiked ticket prices for the second time in 2006, raising the cost of a basic one-day, one-park admission to $67, according to a pricing chart posted on the company's media Web site.
    (AP, 8/6/06)

2006        Aug 29, Tropical Storm Ernesto's leading edge drenched Miami and the rest of southern Florida.
    (AP, 8/29/07)

2006        Sep 8, The Miami Herald reported that 10 South Florida journalists, including three with the Herald's Spanish-language sister paper, received thousands of dollars from the federal government for their work on radio and TV programming aimed at undermining Fidel Castro's communist regime. The Herald fired 3 of the journalists.
    (AP, 9/9/06)

2006        Sep 11, It was reported that Florida’s St. Lucie County was planning a $425 million plasma-arc gasification facility to vaporize its garbage. The plant by Geoplasma, a subsidiary of Jacoby Development Inc., was expected to go operational in 2 years.
    (SFC, 9/11/06, p.C4)

2006        Sep 20, In Florida Clarence Hill was executed for the 1982 murder of a Pensacola police officer. He had argued that Florida’s use of lethal injections amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, but the US Supreme Court denied him another stay of execution.
    (SFC, 9/21/06, p.A3)

2006        Sep 22, It was reported that 11 Domino's employees in Pensacola, Fla., hoping to make a little more dough and get a bigger slice of the profits have formed the nation's first union of pizza delivery drivers.
    (AP, 9/22/06)

2006        Sep 26, In Florida, brothers Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (67) and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (62), who headed the Colombia’s Cali cocaine cartel, were sentenced to 30 years in prison. They agreed to forfeit $2.1 billion worth of assets linked to the drug trade as part of their plea agreement. In exchange half a dozen of their relatives would not face prosecution.
    (SFC, 9/27/06, p.A12)

2006        Sep 29, US Rep. Mark Foley, a prominent House Republican from Florida, resigned after the revelation that he exchanged raunchy electronic messages with a teenage boy, a former congressional page.
    (AP, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, Police in Florida said 2 Roman Catholic priests allegedly misappropriated more than $8 million from their church and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on real estate, travel, rare coins and girlfriends.
    (Reuters, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Lakeland, Fla., 9 SWAT team members fatally shot Angilo Freeland, a man suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy a day earlier. An autopsy showed that officers fired 110 rounds of ammunition at Freeland.
    (AP, 9/29/06)(AP, 9/30/06)

2006        Oct 5, In Miami, Florida, inauguration ceremonies were held for the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.
    (Econ, 10/14/06, p.32)
2006        Oct 5, The House ethics committee opened an expansive investigation into the unfolding congressional page sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of US Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.
    (AP, 10/5/07)

2006        Oct 13, In St. Lucie County, Florida, 4 people, two of them young children, were found shot to death along an isolated stretch of Florida's Turnpike with obvious tire tracks nearby. In 2009 Daniel Troya (26) and co-defendant Ricardo Sanchez Jr. (25) received the death sentence for the slayings.
    (AP, 10/13/06)(AP, 5/14/09)

2006        Oct 17, Pres. Bush signed into law a bill to provide grant money for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. In September Congress had declared a swathe of coastline from North Carolina to Florida the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve the region’s distinctive black culture and creole language.
    (Econ, 2/2/08, p.42)(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6283153)
2006        Oct 17, Actor Wesley Snipes was indicted for cheating the US government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and not filing for 6 years. On Feb 1, 2008, a federal jury in Florida acquitted Snipes of the most serious charges but convicted him on 3 of 6 lesser charges and said he must pay up to $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest.
    (SFC, 10/18/06, p.A2)(SFC, 2/2/08, p.A2)

2006        Oct 25, Florida executed Danny Rolling (52), an infamous serial killer. He was executed for butchering five college students in Gainesville in 1990.
    (AP, 10/26/06)

2006        Nov 7, Charlie Crist was elected governor of Florida over Democrat Jim Davis.
    (http://tinyurl.com/tom9x)

2006        Dec 7, The 3,300-member Seminole Tribe of Florida said it was buying the Hard Rock business in a $965 million deal with Rank Group PLC, a British casino and hotel company.
    (SFC, 12/8/06, p.D2)

2006        Dec 13, Angel Nieves Diaz (55) was executed by lethal injection in Florida for the 1979 murder of the manager of a Miami topless bar. Diaz required a 2nd dose and took 34 minutes to die due to liver disease. The case roused death penalty opponents.
    (SFC, 12/15/06, p.A4)

2006        Dec 15, A federal judge declared California's execution procedure unconstitutional, extending the state’s execution moratorium. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions there after a bungled execution this week. Florida's death row has 374 inmates. California's is the largest, with more than 650 inmates.
    (AP, 12/16/06)(WSJ, 12/16/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 22, Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew has landed in Florida after a 13-day mission that advanced construction of the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 12/23/06)

2006        Dec 27, A Florida doctor pleaded guilty to securities fraud in connection with a life insurance scam that cost 28,000 investors nearly $1 billion. Clark Mitchell, the former director of a prominent AIDS clinic who was arrested more than five years ago on insurance fraud charges, agreed to be responsible for restitution of $367 million to investors in Mutual Benefits Corp., a Fort Lauderdale company that sought investors in life insurance policies held by elderly or ill people.
    (Reuters, 12/27/06)

2006        Michael Grunwald authored “The Swamp: the Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise."
    (WSJ, 3/15/06, p.D16)

2006        Atlas Van Lines brought 6,700 families to Florida and took 8,000 out, the first time it has moved more out than in.
    (WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 20, George Smathers (b.1913), former 3-term US Senator from Florida, died. He helped pass bills to create Medicare, the Small Business Administration and Everglades National Park. He also pushed for federal holidays to be moved to Mondays and ardently supported the war in Vietnam.
    (SSFC, 1/21/07, p.A15)

2007        Jan 30, In Florida 2 people shot and killed a sheriff's wife and a deputy before officers killed the suspects at the sheriff's home in Jackson County.
    (AP, 1/31/07)

2007        Feb 2, Storms blew through central Florida, killing 21 people, flattening dozens of homes and a church and lifting a tractor trailer into the air.   
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/2/08)

2007        Feb 3, President Bush designated four central Florida counties disaster areas in the wake of tornadoes that ripped through the region, leaving 21 dead.
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    (AP, 2/3/08)

2007        Feb 5, NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Fla., accused of trying to kidnap a perceived rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2007        Feb 8, Anna Nicole Smith (b.1967), former Playboy centerfold (Miss May 1992) and wife of former oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II (1905-1995), died in Florida. Authorities later said Smith died of an accidental drug overdose of nine prescription medications, but an extensive six-week investigation found no signs of foul play. In 2010 her psychiatrist and boyfriend were convicted of conspiracy for filling her demands for prescription drugs.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 2/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/07)(SFC, 10/29/10, p.A6)

2007        Mar 7, Sex offender John Evander Couey was found guilty in Miami of kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive.
    (AP, 3/7/08)

2007        Mar 23, In Florida the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was decommissioned after nearly 40 years of service.
    (AP, 3/23/07)

2007        Apr 2, Florida won its second consecutive college basketball championship, beating Ohio State 84-75; the Gators became the first team to repeat since Duke in 1991-92.
    (AP, 4/2/08)

2007        May 3, The Florida Legislature gave its final approval to moving the state's 2008 primary from early March to Jan. 29.
    (AP, 5/3/08)

2007        Apr 5, Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist persuaded 2 of 3 members of the state board of executive clemency that most felons had served their time and should automatically recover the right to vote.
    (Econ, 4/14/07, p.35)

2007        Apr 6, In Florida US District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that Luis Posada Carriles could be released on $250,000 bond. He is being held at the Otero County jail in New Mexico on charges he lied to immigration authorities in a bid to become a naturalized citizen. Posada, a former CIA operative, is wanted in Cuba in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people, a charge Posada denies. Castro has repeatedly accused the US government of protecting Posada.
    (AP, 4/11/07)

2007        Apr 19, Luis Posada Carriles (79), an anti-Castro exile wanted in Cuba for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner, was freed from a New Mexico jail after he posted $250,000 bond and his family put up another $100,000. He must wear an electronic monitoring device while under house arrest at his wife's home in Miami pending his May 11 trial on immigration fraud charges. Posada's immigration case was later thrown out by a federal judge, but the government appealed.
    (AP, 4/20/07)(AP, 4/19/08)

2007        May 8, The US hired a Florida firm to build a Guantanamo camp by next May to house fleeing Cubans should there be an exodus when Castro dies.
    (WSJ, 5/9/07, p.A1)

2007        May 18, Deep-sea explorers of Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration said they have mined what could be the richest shipwreck treasure in history, bringing home 17 tons of colonial-era silver and gold coins from an undisclosed shipwreck off England. The estimated value was $500 million.
    (AP, 5/18/07)(WSJ, 5/19/07, p.A1)

2007        May 21, Florida set its 2008 presidential primary for January 29.
    (WSJ, 5/22/07, p.A1)

2007        May 25, Miami police said Francisco Oliveira (29), a handyman delivering drugs, shot and critically wounded Fabio Alonso Salgado (aka Estefano), a prominent Latin music songwriter and producer, inside a waterfront mansion.
    (AP, 5/27/07)

2007        Jun 5, Spanish media said a court has ordered police to capture and search two vessels belonging to a Florida firm that recently announced it had found a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean laden with an estimated $500 million worth of Colonial-era treasure.
    (AP, 6/5/07)

2007        Jun 18, In Florida Avion Lawson (14) and Nathan Walker (16) were among a group of about 10 masked suspects who forced their way into a woman's apartment in a crime-ridden housing project. The 2 teenagers were later accused of gang raping the woman and forcing her son (12) to join in the attack, then beating him and pouring cleaning solution into his eyes.
    (AP, 7/7/07)

2007        Jul 10, In Florida a small plane trying to make an emergency landing crashed into a suburban Orlando neighborhood, killing both people aboard and starting two house fires that seriously burned two adults and a 10-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/10/07)

2007        Jul 12, Spanish Civil Guards heightened a battle over a $500 million treasure of gold and silver coins from a shipwreck when they seized the Ocean Alert, a vessel belonging to a Tampa, Fla.,-based company. The ship was released a week later.
    (AP, 7/12/07)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.51)

2007        Jul 16, An Amtrak train hit a car at a Florida crossing killing 4 occupants.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 24, Florida began distributing playing cards to prison inmates with pictures and information regarding unsolved murder and missing person cases.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.A5)

2007        Aug 4, Yousef Megahed (21) of Egypt and Ahmed Mohamed (24) of Kuwait, students from the Univ. of South Florida, were arrested following a speeding stop in the vicinity of the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Pipe bombs were found in their vehicle. They were later indicted for carrying explosives across state lines. In 2008 Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed pleaded guilty in a Tampa court to making a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help terrorists.
    (www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/17/fbi_backs_off_arrests13265/)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A2)

2007        Aug 24, A judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005, raping her and burying her alive.
    (AP, 8/24/08)

2007        Sep 4, In Florida Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne resigned after agreeing to plead guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges.
    (SFC, 9/5/07, p.A3)

2007        Sep 13, In Florida Shawn Sherwin Labeet (25) opened fire on 4 Miami-Dade county police officers during a traffic stop killing officer Jose Somohano (37). Labeet was found and killed hours later.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A6)

2007        Sep 17, During a forum at the University of Florida, Andrew Meyer, a student with a history of taping his own practical jokes, was Tasered by campus police and arrested after repeatedly trying to question Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.
    (AP, 9/17/08)

2007        Sep 21, Kirby Archer (35) and Guillermo Zarabozo (19) hired the yacht Joe Cool in Miami for a ride to Bimini. Two days later the US Coast Guard found the yacht drifting and 12 miles away a life raft, drifting northward with the Gulf Stream current. In it were Archer and Zarabozo, with a supply of water, their luggage, and some other curious objects: a blow gun, darts, several knives, and 22 $100 bills. They said pirates had attacked the yacht and killed the 4-person crew. Arkansas prosecutors have accused Archer of robbing the Wal-Mart in Batesville, where he worked for less than a year as a customer service manager. On Oct 10 prosecutors charged the 2 men with murder. Archer later pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping. On Feb 19, 2009, Zarabozo was convicted of murder.
    (AP, 10/14/07)(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A10)
2007        Sep 21, The Rev. Rex Humbard (88), whose televangelism ministry once spanned the globe, died in Atlantis, Fla.
    (AP, 9/21/08)

2007        Oct 10, Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation (2003), said he plans to move the small operation from St. Petersburg, Florida, to SF.
    (SFC, 10/11/07, p.C1)

2007        Nov 1, Florida’s high court ruled that the state’s lethal injection procedures aren’t cruel and unusual, which could clear the way for an execution.
    (WSJ, 11/2/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 10, Miami ended its 70-year stay at the famed Orange Bowl with the biggest shutout loss in the stadium's history, a 48-0 rout to Virginia.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2007        Nov 26, Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded when he was shot during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. Taylor died the next day.
    (AP, 11/26/08)

2007        Nov 27, In Florida Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor died after he was shot in his home by an apparent intruder, leaving the Washington Redskins in mourning for a teammate who seemed to have reordered his life since becoming a father. By the end of the week 4 men were charged with unpremeditated murder, armed burglary and home invasion with a firearm or another deadly weapon.
    (AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 12/2/07)

2007        Nov 29, Florida state officials froze withdrawals from the state’s Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) as panicky investors pulled out nearly half of the fund’s assets in the wake of the US mortgage mess. School and municipal officials found themselves short of money to pay bills. Other states faced similar problems due to purchases of high yield debt known as structured investment vehicles (SIVs).
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.87)

2007        Nov 30, Evel Knievel (b.1938), the hard-living US motorcycle daredevil, died in Florida. His rocket-powered jumps and stunts made him an international icon in the 1970s.
    (AP, 12/1/07)

2007        Dec 1, Four suspects were charged in Miami in the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. One ended up pleading guilty to second-degree murder; a fifth suspect was also charged.
    (AP, 12/1/08)
2007        Dec 1, Cheryl Dunlap, a nurse from Crawfordsville, Florida, went missing. On Dec 16 her decapitated body was found in the Apalachicola National Forest. In 2011 a jury recommended the death penalty for Michael Hilton (64), who was already serving life in prison for the 2008 slaying of Meredith Emerson of Athens, Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/22/11, p.A4)(www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/12542231.html)

2007        Dec 8, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
    (AP, 12/8/08)

2007        Dec 11, US officials in Florida arrested 4 people, 3 from Venezuelan and one from Uruguay, and accused them of being agents of the Venezuelan government. Prosecutors later said the 4 were seeking to silence Guido Alehandro Antonini Wilson, a citizen of both the USA and Venezuela. In August Wilson was detained in Argentina for carrying $800,000 in a suitcase, which prosecutors said was intended to aid the campaign of Cristina Kirchner. Franklin Duran, multimillionaire owner of Industrias Venoco CA, was one of the arrested Venezuelans. In 2008 a federal jury convicted Duran on charges that he was a foreign agent involved in a conspiracy.
    (WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/10/08, p.A5)(SFC, 11/4/08, p.A4)

2007        Dec 29, Nonja (55), a Sumatran orangutan, was found dead at the Miami Metro Zoo. She had lived in Miami since 1983 and was believed to be the world’s oldest orangutan.
    (AP, 12/30/07)   

2008        Jan 9, Some 70 cars crashed on a highway blanketed by fog and smoke from a brush fire in central Florida. 4 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/9/08)(SFC, 1/10/08, p.A3)

2008        Jan 25, In Miami Moises Maionica (36) of Venezuelan pleaded guilty in a scheme to cover up the source of $800,000 seized in a suitcase in Argentina that was allegedly sent by Venezuelans as a donation to Cristina Fernandez's presidential campaign.
    (AP, 1/25/08)

2008        Jan 29, In Florida Sen. John McCain won the Republican primary with 36% of the vote. Mitt Romney was 2nd with 31% and Rudi Giuliani 3rd with 15%.
    (SFC, 1/30/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 3, In West Palm Beach, Florida, Alburn Edward Blake (60) opened fire inside a Wendy’s restaurant killing a paramedic and wounding 5 others before killing himself.
    (SFC, 3/4/08, p.A4)

2008        Mar 11, The US space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from a seaside Florida launch pad to deliver part of a long-awaited Japanese space laboratory and a Canadian-built robotic system to the International Space Station.
    (AP, 3/11/08)

2008        Mar 13, The Florida Senate passed a bill that could mean suspensions for students with droopy britches. Orlando Sen. Gary Siplin, a Democrat, has said the fashion statement has a back-story -- it was made popular by rap artists after first appearing among prison inmates as a signal they were looking for sex.
    (Reuters, 3/14/08)

2008        Mar 25, In Florida part of a construction crane fell 30 floors at the site of a Miami condo tower, killing 2 workers and injuring 5.
    (WSJ, 3/26/08, p.A1)

2008        May 1, Deborah Palfrey (b.1956), a woman from Vallejo, Ca., known as the “D.C. Madam," was found hanged at her mother’s home in Tarpon Springs, Fl. She had been convicted on April 15 of racketeering and other charges related to a prostitution ring, whose clients included high profile government officials.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.A13)

2008        May 13, In Florida investigators searched for one or more arsonists behind a string of wildfires that had destroyed or damaged over 160 homes along the Atlantic coast.
    (SFC, 5/14/08, p.A4)

2008        May 30, In Florida 2 veteran police officers were charged with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation.
    (AP, 5/30/08)

2008        Jun 24, In Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and officials of US Sugar announced a plan for the state to buy US Sugar for $1.7 billion. The company, founded by Charles Stewart Mott, would be allowed to operate for 6 more years before returning 187,000 acres of the Everglades to its natural state. In November the plan was revised to pay $1.34 billion for 181,000 acres. In 2009 the plan was again scaled back to cover 72,500 acres fro $533 million with a 10-year option to buy the remaining land.
    (SFC, 6/25/08, p.A2)(WSJ, 6/25/08, p.B1)(WSJ, 11/12/08, p.A2)(WSJ, 4/2/09, p.A4)

2008        Aug 1, US Federal and state regulators closed First Priority Bank of Bradenton, Florida, the 8th US bank to fail this year. It would be acquired by SunTrustBanks Inc.
    (WSJ, 8/4/08, p.A3)(www.fpbank.com/)

2008        Aug 21, Tropical Storm Fay forced the evacuation of more Florida residents as it made landfall for a 3rd time this week.
    (WSJ, 8/22/08, p.A1)

2008        Aug 22, Florida state officials said 7 people have been killed over the five days that Tropical Storm Fay has been pounding the state with torrential rain and powerful winds.
    (AP, 8/23/08)

2008        Aug 24, The US Democratic national convention’s credentials committee ruled to give full voting rights to delegates from Michigan and Florida, despite their defying party rules and holding their primaries early.
    (SFC, 8/25/08, p.A6)

2008        Sep 4, Jack Abramoff (49), once powerful DC lobbyist, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his part in a political corruption scandal. He had already spent 2 years in prison for a fraudulent casino boat deal in Florida. On Sep 10 a federal judge shaved 2 years from his Florida sentence guaranteeing the Abramoff will serve no more that 4 additional years.
    (SFC, 9/5/08, p.A4)(SFC, 9/11/08, p.A7)

2008        Sep 16, Local media reported that a Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning baggy pants that show off the wearer's underwear.
    (AP, 9/17/08)

2008        Oct 13, ABC News reported that Tim Mahoney (52), a US Democratic Representative from Florida, had an affair with an aide and then paid her $121,000 to keep her quiet and avoid a sexual harassment suit. His affair with Patricia Allen (50) had begun in 2006.
    (SFC, 10/15/08, p.A6)

2008        Oct 30, In Florida the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty by a US court in Miami of torture in the first prosecution under a 14-year-old law that allows citizens to be prosecuted for such crimes committed abroad. Charles Taylor Jr. was arrested at Miami International Airport in 2006 and pleaded guilty to a charge of lying about his father's identity on a passport application.
    (Reuters, 10/30/08)

2008        Oct, US customs officials at Miami International Airport seized a 3,000-yeor-old Egyptian sarcophagus from a shipment coming from Spain after the importer could not present proper documentation to prove ownership. It dated back to the 21st Dynasty (1070-945 B.C.) and belonged to a noble called Imesy. An investigation found the coffin had been stolen from Egypt 126 years ago and taken to Spain before it was shipped to the US. In 2010 it was returned to Egypt.
    (AP, 3/12/10)

2008        Nov 12, In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sophomore Teah Wimberly (15) shot Amanda Collette at Dillard High School, then walked to a seafood restaurant to call authorities and turn herself in.
    (AP, 11/13/08)

2008        Nov 19, In Miami, Florida, police arrived to find Abraham Biggs (19) dead in his father's bed 12 hours after the Broward College student first declared on a Web site that he hated himself and planned to die. It was only then that the Web feed stopped. Some users told investigators they did not take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before.
    (AP, 11/22/08)

2008        Nov 25, A judge ruled that a strict Florida law that blocks gay people from adopting children is unconstitutional, declaring there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.
    (AP, 11/25/08)

2008        Dec 19, Florida’s prison population topped 100,000, making it the 3rd state to break into six digits after California and Texas.
    (WSJ, 12/20/08, p.A1)

2009        Jan 9, In Miami Charles Taylor Jr. (31), the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, was sentenced to 97 years in prison for mutilations and executions carried out in Liberia, in the first US prosecution for torture committed abroad.
    (Reuters, 1/10/09)

2009        Jan 11, Marcus Schrenker's plane went down en route to Destin, Fla., from Anderson, Ind. Schrenker (38), an Indiana investment manager, had reported that the windshield imploded and that he was bleeding profusely. Federal marshals believe he faked a distress call before parachuting from his plane over Alabama and disappearing on a motorcycle he had stashed in advance. US Marshals apprehended Schrenker on Jan 13 at a northern Florida campground. Officers had to tend to Schrenker's self-inflicted gash to the wrist before he was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In August Schrenker pleaded guilty was sentenced in Florida to 4 years and 3 months in federal prison.
    (AP, 1/13/09)(AP, 1/14/09)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A4)

2009        Jan 21, Rev. John Skehan (81), one of two Florida priests accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from their church, pleaded guilty as jury selection was set to begin in the case. Prosecutors said he and Rev. Francis Guinan plucked cash from the offering plate and spent it on upscale homes, gambling trips to Las Vegas with a mistress, even a $275,000 rare coin collection. On March 24 Skehan was sentenced to 14 months in prison. On March 25 Guinan was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/21/09)(SFC, 1/22/09, p.A3)(SFC, 3/25/09, p.A7)(SFC, 3/26/09, p.A6)

2009        Feb 1, In Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa, Florida, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
    (SFC, 2/2/09, p.A1)

2009        Feb 18, A Florida jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million in damages to Elaine Hess, the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
    (SFC, 2/19/09, p.A2)

2009        Feb 23, In Florida the Rev. Francis Guinan (66) was convicted of 2nd degree grand theft for embezzling thousands of dollars from his Delray Beach church.
    (SFC, 2/24/09, p.A4)

2009        Feb 25, In Florida Pablo Josue Amador (53), a Cuban immigrant and piano teacher, shot and killed wife, Maria (45), and their youngest daughters, Prescilla and Rosa, 14 and 13, before killing himself. A teenage son escaped the shootings and called police.
    (AP, 2/26/09)

2009        Feb 28, A fishing boat from Clearwater, Florida, capsized as the four friends were pulling up the anchor. Nick Schuyler was rescued on March 2. Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former University of South Florida player William Bleakley remained missing.
    (AP, 3/3/09)

2009        Mar 14, In Florida Donte Stallworth, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, killed  pedestrian Mario Reyes (59) while driving after a night out. On April 1 Stallworth was charged with DUI manslaughter.
    (SFC, 4/2/09, p.A6)

2009        Mar 15, In Miami, Florida, a man shot four people to death at a family gathering, then went home and killed himself.
    (AP, 3/15/09)
2009        Mar 15, The space shuttle Discovery and its crew of 7 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fl., bound for the Int’l. Space Station. It carried the last set of solar wings to boost the station to full power.
    (SFC, 3/16/09, p.A7)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A5)

2009        Mar 18, Felipe E. Sixto (29) of Miami, a former White House aide, was sentenced to 2˝ years in federal prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a federally funded nonprofit group that promotes democracy in Cuba.
    (SFC, 3/19/09, p.A5)

2009        Mar 19, High Okun, a Miami businessman, was convicted in Virginia of bilking nearly 600 people across the country out of $126 million.
    (SFC, 3/20/09, p.A8)

2009        Mar 25, US authorities arrested Florida businessman Rama K. Vyasulu  and froze his Rosemont Finance Corp. following a federal grand jury indictment in Boston indicting him on charges of laundering $900,000 in drug profits. His firm served as a key US clearing house for dozens of black market brokerages selling dollars in Venezuela, despite an official ban on private firms buying an d selling currency at unofficial rates. An estimated $100 million was believed to be frozen.
    (WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A1)

2009        Apr 12, In Florida a power boat packed with 12 people slammed into a docked tug boat, killing five occupants of the pleasure craft and seriously injuring seven on the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Johns County.
    (AP, 4/13/09)

2009        Apr 15, In Florida inmates Doni Ray Brown (23) and Wayne Fletcher (25) escaped the county jail in Palatka and within hours stole 2 vehicles and killed Fletcher’s step-grandmother (66). Both were arrested on April 18 and charged with murder.
    (SFC, 4/20/09, p.A6)

2009        Apr 20, In Florida 7 more Venezuelan polo horses sickened just before a tournament died overnight, raising the death toll to 21. Officials said they may have been killed by some type of poison.
    (AP, 4/20/09)

2009        Apr 25, In Florida Joshua Cartwright (28), accused of beating his wife, killed two sheriff's deputies at a shooting range in Okaloosa County. Cartwright shot the deputies after they shocked him with a Taser. He then fled across the county line, where he died in an exchange of gunfire with deputies.
    (AP, 4/26/09)(WSJ, 4/27/09, p.A5)

2009        Apr 29, In Florida Juwhan Yun, a Korean American who had served prison time for attempting to broker the sale of nerve gas bombs to Iran, was indicted in Miami on charges of trying to help South Korea obtain advanced Russian rocket technology.
    (SFC, 4/30/09, p.A4)

2009        May 3, In Florida Troy Ryan Bellar (34) shot and killed his wife, Wendy Bellar (31) and their 5-month-old and 8-year-old sons before killing himself outside their home in Lakeland. His 13-year-old son, Nathan, escaped.
    (AP, 5/4/09)

2009        May 8, In Panama City, Florida, Dr. Jason Newsom resigned from the Bay County Health Department under pressure following his launch of a one-man war on obesity by posting sardonic warnings on an electronic sign outside. After the lawyers threatened to sue, his bosses  made him remove the anti-fried doughnut rants and eventually forced him to resign.
    (AP, 8/13/09)

2009        May 11, The space shuttle Atlantis and 7 astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral on a mission to repair the Hubble telescope.
    (SFC, 5/12/09, p.A6)

2009        May 13, RealtyTrac Inc. said new data indicated that the number of US households faced with losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and California showing the highest rates.
    (AP, 5/13/09)

2009        May 13, Off of Florida an overloaded boat capsized and sank with about 30 people aboard, mainly Haitian immigrants fleeing their country's crushing poverty. At least 9 people were dead. 17 survivors were pulled from the waters. On May 18 Jimmy Metellus (33) of Haiti was charged with human smuggling.
    (AP, 5/14/09)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.A5)

2009        May 21, In Florida 11 people were indicted in Miami on charges of running a money laundering racket for the Bonano crime family of New York. A FBI agent posing as a crooked businessman was key to the indictment.
    (SFC, 5/22/09, p.A6)

2009        May 27, In Florida a demolition crew sank the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg seven miles off Key West, where it will become one of the world’s largest man made reefs. The WWII ship was last used by the Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft.
    (SFC, 5/26/09, p.A8)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)

2009        Jun 14, In Florida Tyler Hayes Weinman (18), whose divorced parents live in the neighborhoods where many of the cats were killed, was charged with 19 counts each of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body. Police said they investigated more than 30 cat deaths since May and were flooded with tips from concerned citizens.
    (AP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A6)

2009        Jun 28, Billy Mays (50), known to television viewers as the OxiClean guy, died of a heart attack at his Tampa home. The boisterous pitchman aired on commercials hundreds of times a week nationwide showing off his latest cleaning product or gadget. An autopsy later showed that cocaine use contributed to his heart disease.
    (AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A4)(SFC, 8/8/09, p.A4)

2009        Jul 5, In Florida 2 monorail trains crashed in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt Disney World, killing one train's operator.
    (AP, 7/5/09)

2009        Jul 9, In Florida Byrd and Melanie Billings were killed at their sprawling home near Pensacola. The wealthy Florida couple had 4 children and adopted 12 others with developmental disabilities and other problems. Three men were soon arrested in connection with the slayings. In 2010 a jury found Patrick Gonzalez Jr. guilty of 2 counts of 1st degree murder and one count of robber. He had led a group of men dressed as ninjas in the attack.
    (AP, 7/13/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/10, p.A6)

2009        Jul 12, Ben Novack Jr. (53) was killed in a NY hotel room. His mother was killed at her Fort Lauderdale home three months earlier on April 4. In 2012 Narcy Novack (55), the Fort Lauderdale wife of Ben, and her brother, Cristobal Veliz (58), were found guilty in White Plains, NY, of orchestrating the murders in a grab for the family estate. On Dec 17, 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/6mdhvmf)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)

2009        Jul 31, The space shuttle Endeavour returned to Florida after over 2 weeks aloft and a successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the international space station.
    (AP, 8/1/09)

2009        Jul, Oswaldo Juarez (21), a Peruvian visiting Florida to study English, Juarez swallowed his last pills, packed a few small suitcases and left the A.G. Holley State Hospital following 19 months of treatment. He was the first US case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.
    (AP, 12/27/09)

2009        Aug 17, Albert Gonzalez (28) of Miami, a former informant for the US Secret Service who helped the agency hunt hackers, was indicted in New Jersey and charged with conspiring with two other unnamed suspects to steal the private information. He allegedly stole information from 130 million credit and debit card accounts in what federal prosecutors called the largest case of identity theft yet. He was already in jail awaiting trial in a hacking case. On Aug 28 Gonzalez agreed to plead guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison.
    (AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)

2009        Aug 28, The space shuttle Discovery with 7 astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral just before midnight to bring supplies to the int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)

2009        Sep 18, Mesac Damas (33), a man with prior charges of domestic violence, left Miami on flight to Haiti. The next day his wife and 5 children were found slain in Naples, Fl. Damas was later arrested in Haiti and returned to the US where he was charged with 6 counts of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 9/21/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A4)

2009        Sep 23, Sidney Cambridge (45) of Nassau, a prominent Bahamian lawyer, was indicted on US federal corruption charges in a case that allegedly involves a South Florida politician and nearly $1 million in laundered money. Also charged in the case was Broward County Commissioner and Vice Mayor Josephus Eggelletion, who was suspended pending the outcome of the case.
    (AP, 9/24/09)

2009        Oct 19, Somer Thompson (7), a north Florida girl, vanished on her walk home from school in Green Cove Springs. Detectives found her body partially covered by garbage on Oct 21 in a Georgia landfill, about 48 miles from where the girl disappeared. On Feb 3, 2012, Jarred Harrell (26) was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the abduction, sexual battery and murder.
    (AP, 10/22/09)(SFC, 2/4/12, p.A5)

2009        Oct 23, US regulators shut down 3 small banks in Florida and one each in Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin bringing the total for the year of failed US banks to 106.
    (SFC, 10/24/09, p.A6)

2009        Oct 25, In Florida Jeffry Picower (67) was found by his wife at the bottom of a pool at the couple's sprawling oceanside Palm Beach mansion. He had suffered a heart attack and died a short time later at a nearby hospital. He was accused of making more than $7 billion off the investment schemes of jailed financial manager Bernard Madoff.
    (AP, 10/26/09)(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A4)

2009        Oct 28, NASA launched its 327-foot Ares I-X, its new prototype moon rocket, skyward from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital test flight at a cost of $445 million.
    (SFC, 10/29/09, p.A7)

2009        Nov 6, In Orlando, Florida, Jason Rodriguez (40), a former engineer, fatally shot Otis Beckford (26) and wounded five others at the firm where he once worked. The next day his attorney later said Rodriguez is "very mentally ill" and crumbled under the stress of his divorce, bankruptcy and unemployment. Rodriguez was an entry-level engineer at Reynolds, Smith and Hills  for 11 months before he was fired in June 2007. On Jan 4, 2010, Rodriguez was declared incompetent to stand trial.
    (AP, 11/7/09)(SFC, 1/5/10, p.A5)

2009        Nov 20, Canada’s TD Bank was hit with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit calling it the "financial epicenter" of an alleged Ponzi scheme run by disgraced Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein.
    (Reuters, 11/20/09)

2009        Nov 26, In Jupiter, Florida, 3 women and a child, Makayla Sitton, in bed were shot to death during a family Thanksgiving gathering. Police officers were looking for Paul Michael Merhige (35) of Miami. Merhige, a cousin of the 6-year-old victim, was arrested on Jan 2, 2010, at a motel in the Florida Keys.
    (AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 1/3/10)

2009        Nov 27, Tiger Woods ran his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home. This took place just days after the National Enquirer claimed he had an affair with Rachel Uchitel, the 33-year-old golf champ. A report soon followed in Us Weekly magazine of a cocktail waitress claiming to have had a 31-month affair with Woods.
    (AP, 12/4/09)(http://tinyurl.com/yjqs6nr)
2009        Nov 27, Space shuttle Atlantis and its 7 astronauts returned to Earth with a smooth touchdown at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to end an "amazing" flight that resupplied the International Space Station.
    (AP, 11/28/09)

2009        Dec 1, In Miami, Florida, lawyer Scott Rothstein was arrested on federal racketeering and fraud charges alleging he operated a $1 billion scheme involving phony legal settlements. On Jan 27, 2010 Rothstein (47) pleaded guilty to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 12/2/09, p.A9)(SFC, 1/28/10, p.A6)

2009        In Florida the tally of manatee deaths reached a record 429 for the year, surpassing the 2006 record of 417.
    (SFC, 1/9/10, p.A4)

2010        Jan 1, In Florida a small group of young immigrants began a 1,500 march to Washington, DC, to urge Pres. Obama to issue a temporary reprieve  from deportation for millions of young immigrants.
    (SFC, 1/1/15, p.A11)

2010        Jan 7, The so-called Liberty Head nickel, a rare 1913 US coin once owned by an Egyptian king and later featured in a famous US TV detective series, was sold for more than $3.7 million (2.3 million pounds) in a public auction in Florida.
    (Reuters, 1/8/10)

2010        Jan 13, In Florida a 3-day state-coordinated hunt began to track down invasive pythons. It was feared that the African rock python would begin breeding with the Burmese python, which has already gained a foothold in the Everglades, and produce a new “super snake." 
    (SFC, 1/15/10, p.A8)

2010        Jan 14, In Florida Chad Reed (33), a Dixie County sheriff’s deputy, died in a shootout with a man suspected of killing his sister and another woman near Brooksville. John Kalisz (55) was wounded in the shootout.
    (AP, 1/16/10)

2010        Feb 3, In Florida Stephen Schafer (38) died following a shark attack off an Atlantic coast beach about 100 miles north of Miami.
    (SFC, 2/5/10, p.A9)

2010        Feb 8, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, Endeavour and six astronauts rocketed into orbit on what's likely the last nighttime launch for the shuttle program, hauling a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station.
    (AP, 2/8/10)

2010        Feb 18, An absent-minded attendee at the Republican National Committee (RNC) confab in Boca Grande, Florida, left a 72-page document from its 2010 strategizing session in a hotel room. The memo tracks the fundraising presentation that RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart delivered to the RNC's $2,500-a-head annual retreat and revealed a GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money. This became public on March 4.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100304/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1217)

2010        Feb 19, Pres. Obama, speaking in Nevada targeted Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada in a $1.5 billion “innovation fund" to assist homeowners struggling against foreclosure.
    (SFC, 2/20/10, p.A1)
2010        Feb 19, From Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Golf star Tiger Woods faced the world and formally apologized for his infidelity. Woods said part of his rehab would include a return to his Buddhist faith.
    (AP, 2/20/10)

2010        Feb 20, In Florida 3 teenage girls crossing a bridge in Melbourne were killed by a freight train as they desperately tried to get out of its way. A helpless friend on the other side could only watch.
    (AP, 2/21/10)

2010        Feb 23, It was reported that Florida wildlife officials have created a special python hunting season to stop the spread of the nonnative snakes throughout the Everglades. A $26 permit allow hunters to kill the reptiles from March 8 to April 17.
    (SFC, 2/23/10, p.A6)

2010        Feb 24, In Orlando, Florida, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed after Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale, grabbed her hair and pulled her under water.
    (AP, 2/25/10)

2010        Mar 9, University of Florida researcher Nam Dang and colleagues in Japan said that papaya leaf extract and its tea have dramatic cancer-fighting properties against a broad range of tumors, backing a belief held in a number of folk traditions.
    (AFP, 3/9/10)

2010        Mar 20, In Florida 3 people were killed when a single-engine plane collided with a kit-built aircraft over Williston.
    (SSFC, 3/21/10, p.A9)

2010        Mar 25, Florida Int’l. Univ. (FIU) running back Kendall Berry was stabbed late at night, after the 22-year-old junior from Haines City, Fla., was involved in an argument with another man outside the front doors of the school's student recreation center in Miami.
    (AP, 3/26/10)

2010        Apr 2, A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Michael Anthony Nelson (38) of Orlando, Florida, on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hijacking a New York attorney’s good name. In 1999 Nelson had stolen over $700,000 in loans by creating a fake bank and served 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 16, US banking regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3 in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
    (SFC, 4/19/10, p.D3)

2010        Apr 21, In Florida Nevin Shapiro (41), a leading Univ. of Miami athletics patron, was put under federal custody on charges of running a $900 million Ponzi scheme in which he duped investors into thinking they were paying into a successful grocery brokerage business.
    (SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)

2010        May 12, In the Bahamas Clive Tomlinson, a Jamaican, was killed. On May 14 authorities charged Daniel Andres Ayo (27) and Luis Mendez (39), two tourists from Florida, with the killing during what police say was a drug deal gone bad.
    (AP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 14, The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral for its final voyage with a crew of 6 heading to the Int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A5)

2010        May 17, BP said it was siphoning more than one-fifth of the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf for almost a month, as worries escalated that the ooze may reach a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. The US Coast Guard said 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)

2010        May 18, A discovery of tar balls on Florida's Key West fanned fears that a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill was spreading through ocean currents, as energy giant BP Plc worked to capture more of the crude leaking from its gushing deep-water well.
    (Reuters, 5/18/10)

2010        May 20, In Florida a jury in Broward County handed down a $29.1 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to Connie Buonomo (77), a widow who said her husband started smoking as a teenager. Matthew Buonomo (80) died in 2008 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.A4)

2010        May 28, US Regulators shut down three banks in Florida and one each in Nevada and California, bringing the number of US bank failures this year to 78.
    (AP, 5/29/10)

2010        Jun 2, In Florida Jim Greer (47), a big-spending former chairman of the state’s Republican Party, was arrested and charged with 6 felony counts in connection with a secret consulting contract he had with the party. He allegedly use a shell company to raise money for personal enrichment.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.A6)

2010        Jul 21, A US federal jury found Beau Diamond of Sarasota, Fla., guilty of 18 counts of fraud and money laundering crimes in association with a $37 million Ponzi scheme between 2006 and 2009. In December Diamond was sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison.
    (www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100722/ARTICLE/7221060)(SFC, 12/23/10, p.A6)

2010        Jun 22, In Florida Kenneth Wayne McLeod (48) was found dead in an apparent suicide. On June 24 a US federal judge in Miami issued an order freezing the assets of the estate of the McLeod, his consulting firm and an affiliated investment firm. The SEC alleged that McLeod and associated firms had defrauded an estimated 260 investors starting in 1988 in an alleged $34 million Ponzi scheme, which targeted federal employees.
    (SFC, 6/26/10, p.D3)

2010        Jun 29, In Florida 2 police officers were gunned down during a traffic stop. Dante Rashawn Morris (24), a convicted felon, was charged for the murders.
    (SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A6)

2010        Jul 8, Cleveland Basketball star LeBron James said to a national TV audience. "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat." Once James shared his secret, fans poured out of the same downtown bars and restaurants that have thrived during these tough economic times. A few set fire to his No. 23 jersey while others threw rocks at the 10-story-tall billboard featuring James with his head tossed back and arms pointing skyward.
    (AP, 7/9/10)

2010        Jul 30, UNESCO added a region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and the Papahanaumokuakea archipelago off Hawaii to the World Heritage list. Florida's Everglades and Madagascar's tropical forest were added to the roll of endangered sites, which is meant to ring alarm bells and encourage protective measures.
    (AFP, 7/31/10)

2010        Aug 20, US regulators shut down 8 more banks including 4 in California, one in Chicago, one in Virginia and two in Florida. This brought the total number of failed US banks to 118 for the year thus far.
    (SFC, 8/23/10, p.D2)

2010        Sep 4, Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the US Embassy in Jakarta to denounce an American church's plan to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by burning copies of the Quran. The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, has said it will burn the Islamic holy book on Sep 11, the ninth anniversary of the NYC terror attacks.
    (AP, 9/4/10)

2010        Sep 8, The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off.
    (AP, 9/8/10)

2010        Sep 9, President Barack Obama exhorted Rev. Terry Jones, a Florida minister, to "listen to those better angels" and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend. The Rev. Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, said he has decided to hold off a burning of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Jones said he won't follow through with the burning if he's able to meet on Sep 11 with the organizers behind a mosque planned near ground zero in New York.
    (AP, 9/9/10)(AP, 9/10/10)

2010        Sep 24, In Florida 3 thieves in Coral Gables put an alleged bomb on a bank teller and ordered him to steal as much money as possible while they held his father as hostage.
    (SFC, 9/25/10, p.A6)

2010        Sep 27, In Florida Patrick Dell (41) shot and killed his wife, Natasha Whyte-Dell (36) and 4 step children before killing himself. A 5th stepchild survived the rampage in Riviera Beach.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A7)

2010        Oct 15, US federal authorities aid they have rounded up over 40 people in New York and Florida during a takedown of a wholesale marijuana ring. Agents seized $1 million and almost 200 pounds of marijuana.
    (SFC, 10/16/10, p.A4)

2010        Oct 21, US federal authorities charged Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp. with Medicare fraud. Prosecutors said the company preyed on patients with severe dementia and billed some $200 million for services it never rendered.
    (SFC, 10/22/10, p.A13)

2010        Nov 20, In Florida Brandi Peters (27) and her 3 young children were found slain in a Tallahassee home.
    (SSFC, 11/21/10, p.A14)(SSFC, 11/21/10, p.A5)

2010        Nov 23, A BP executive, James Patrick Black (58), helping to guide recovery from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill died with two others when a small plane crashed in waters off the Florida Panhandle.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Dec 23, In central Florida Kenneth Stephens Jr. (35), a blast team supervisor, was trapped underwater and feared dead after ground gave way at a limerock mine in Bushnell.
    (SFC, 12/24/10, p.A6)

2011        Jan 11, In Florida a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in St. Petersburg for a $36 million museum to house a leading collection of works by Salvador Dali.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A4)

2011        Jan 20, In Florida a shootout erupted in the Liberty City section of Miami leaving 2 police officers and suspect Johnny Simms (22) dead.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.A5)

2011        Jan 24, In Florida a firefight left 2 police officers dead in St. Petersburg. Suspect Hydra lacy Jr. (39) was found dead. He had opened fire from an attic and killed officers Tom Baitinger (48) and Jeffrey Yaslowitz (39).
    (SFC, 1/25/11, p.A7)

2011        Jan 25, Miami, Florida, unveiled its New World Center concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.30)

2011        Jan 27, In Tampa, Florida, Julie Powers Schenecker (50) shot her son (13) in the head as she drove him to soccer practice. She then returned home and shot her daughter (16) in the face. Both kids were killed with a .38-caliber pistol purchased a few days earlier. On May 16, 2014, she was convicte3d and sentenced to two life terms in prison.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/4kecuck)(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A12)

2011        Feb 16, Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected plans for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, turning down over $2 billion in federal money.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A8)

2011        Feb 17, In Florida Jorge Barahona (53) appeared in court on charges of aggravated child abuse. He and his wife had adopted twins, a boy and a girl, from foster care in 2008. On Feb 14 Nubia (10) was found dead. Her brother was found coated in a toxic chemical and Barahona was found doused in gasoline in an apparent attempt at suicide.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A7)

2011        Feb 24, The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 6 astronauts on its last mission to the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)

2011        Mar 15, In Florida voters in a recall election ousted Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Álvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas after they supported a budget that raised taxes and salaries for county employees.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A7)

2011          Mar 20, In Florida Christian preacher Terry Jones supervised a burning of the Koran in front of about 50 people at a church. News of this led to violent protests in Afghanistan in early April.
          (Reuters, 4/2/11)

2011        Apr 16, In Sarasota, Florida, British tourists James Cooper (25) and Thomas Kouzaris (24) were found shot to death. A boy (16) was soon charged with the killing. On March 28 Shawn Tyson (17) was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/19/11, p.A4)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)

2011        Apr 19, A Virginia jury convicted Lee Farkas (58), the majority owner of what had been one of the nation's largest mortgage companies, on all 14 counts in a $2.9 billion fraud trial. Prosecutors said Farkas led a fraud scheme of staggering proportions for roughly eight years as chairman of Florida-based Taylor Bean & Whitaker. The fraud not only caused the company's 2009 collapse and put its 2,000 employees out of work, but also contributed to the collapse of Alabama-based Colonial Bank, the sixth-largest bank failure in US history.
    (AP, 4/20/11)

2011        Apr 28, Lightning hit Florida’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge during a severe drought and started a fire. By late July it had consumed 300,000 acres and was 70% contained. By late October costs to taxpayers reached $52.7 million and the fire continued to burn in the underground peat.
    (Econ, 7/23/11, p.29)(SFC, 10/29/11, p.A5)

2011        May 2, A twin engine cargo plane crashed near an airport in the Miami, Fl., area killing the pilot.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA4)

2011        May 14, US officials said 6 people in the United States and Pakistan have been charged with providing financing and material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization. 3 were living in Pakistan and remained at large. Miami imam Ali Khan (76) and two of his sons were arrested on charges that they provided some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)(SSFC, 5/15/11, p.A10)

2011        May 31, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation requiring all adult applicants for cash benefits from the state welfare system to be tested for drugs. The next day the ACLU sued to stop implementation of the legislation.
    (Econ, 6/11/11, p.37)

2011        Jun 30, Florida’s Miami-Dade police shot and killed 4 armed men in a sting operation targeting a group that had committed a series of violent home robberies.
    (SFC, 7/2/11, p.A5)

2011        Jul 5, In Florida Casey Anthony (25) was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing. She was convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 16, 2008, disappearance of her daughter Caylee,  whose body was found in nearby woods six months later.
    (AP, 7/6/11)

2011        Jul 8, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit on NASA's last space shuttle voyage.
    (AP, 7/8/11)

2011        Jul 16, In Florida Tyler Hadley (17) of Port St. Lucie bludgeoned his parents with a hammer, then hosting dozens of friends for a party while their bodies lay in the bedroom.
    (AP, 7/19/11)

2011        Jul 21, The space shuttle Atlantis glided home to the Kennedy Space Center through a clear moonlit sky to complete a 13-day cargo run to the International Space Station and a 30-year odyssey for NASA's shuttle program.
    (Reuters, 7/21/11)

2011        Jul 27, Florida authorities captured Frederick Barrett (60) in Colorado. He had escaped in 1979 ago from the Florida prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder. Barrett was convicted of killing a traveling companion on the Florida Turnpike in February 1971.
    (AP, 7/29/11)

2011        Aug 8, The US Justice department and 4 the attorney generals of California, Illinois, Florida, and Indiana accused Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. of paying recruiters to enroll students in an $11 billion fraud case.
    (SFC, 8/8/11, p.A5)

2011        Aug 10, In Colorado 3 fugitive siblings wanted in connection with crimes in Florida and Georgia last week were taken into custody after shots were fired and a high-speed chase ended in a crash. Authorities had been searching since August 2 for Ryan Edward Dougherty (21), Dylan Dougherty Stanley (26), and Lee Grace E. Dougherty (29), who were accused of shooting at a Florida police officer and robbing a bank in Georgia on the same day. On April 30, 2012, Ryan was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Lee Grace to 24 years, and Dylan to 32 years. On Dec 17 a federal judge sentenced the 3 siblings to over 35 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 8/10/11)(SFC, 5/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Aug 16, Tampa police arrested Jared Cano (17), an expelled student, after thwarting what they called a "catastrophic" plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week.
    (AP, 8/17/11)

2011        Aug 28, Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
    (AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)

2011        Aug 31, In North Miami Beach, Florida, a man carrying what was later determined to be a toy rifle was shot and killed by police.
    (AP, 9/1/11)

2011        Sep 10, In Florida at least two gunmen armed with possible semi-automatic weapons opened fire outside a Palmetto nightclub early this morning, killing two people and injuring 22.
    (AP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 18, In Florida Jeremiah Fogle (57) killed his wife and shot two church pastors in Lakeland. Fogle had pleaded guilty for shooting a previous wife and was sentenced in 1987 to 10 years probation.
    (SFC, 9/20/11, p.A5)

2011        Sep 27, Anthony Mangione (50), the chief of US Immigration and Customs in South Florida, was indicted on child pornography charges. US federal investigators had found child pornography images on his computer last April.
    (SFC, 9/29/11, p.A8)

2011        Sep, A Florida homeowner first spotted a giant African land snail. By 2013 more than 1,000 of the mollusks were being caught each week in Miami-Dade and 117,000 in total since the first spotting. A typical snail can produce about 1,200 eggs a year and the creatures are a particular pest in homes because of their fondness for stucco, devoured for the calcium content they need for their shells.
    (Reuters, 4/14/13)

2011        Oct 24, A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
    (AP, 10/24/11)

2011        Nov 9, In Florida two offshore powerboat racers died after their catamaran went airborne at high speed at the opening of the Key West World Championship.
    (SFC, 11/10/11, p.A10)

2011        Nov 17, Michelle Parker (33) of Orlando, Fl., was last seen after her episode of “The People’s Court" aired on TV. Earlier in the day the episode aired in which Parker and with ex-fiance Dale Smith battled over whether Parker had to pay for a $5,000 engagement ring she tossed away during one of their spats. The judge ruled the two should split the cost.
    (SFC, 11/23/11, p.A7)

2011        Nov 19, Robert Champion (26), a Florida A&M drum major, died after he was beaten to death on a bus by fellow students in a hazing ritual. On May 2, 2012, thirteen students were charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses related to his death. On Sep 18, 2015, Florida A&M settled  a wrongful death suit for $1.1 million and an apology.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A6)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A5)

2011        Dec 2, In Florida Michele O'Dowd (67) was found beaten, strangled and hidden beneath the Christmas presents in her Jacksonville home. Authorities soon charged Patty Michelle White (40) of York, S.C., who had been befriended by the victim.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 11, Christopher Artes (25) and Medeana Hendershot (22), were found dead under a mound of coal at a Florida power plant. The young couple shared a passion for illegally hopping freight trains and traveling the country without a set plan.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 22, US regulators approved a Westinghouse next generation nuclear reactor slated for Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point plant and five other utilities in the Southeast. These would be the first new reactors in the US in 3 decades.
    (SFC, 12/23/11, p.A6)

2011        Florida faced a $3.6 billion shortfall. This represented about 15% of the total 2011 state budget.
    (Econ, 3/19/11, p.39)
2011        A Florida court sentenced David Smith of Jamaica to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 23 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. He was earlier sentenced to 6 ˝ years in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where his assets were frozen.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        Jan 6, In central Florida seven teenagers punched and kicked a 13-year-old until she was unconscious while on a school bus bound for a middle school in Ocala. The seven teens, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
    (AP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 7, In Florida Sami Osmakac (25), a Kosovo-born US citizen, was arrested and charged with plotting to attack Tampa-area nightclubs and sheriff’s office to avenge wrongs done to Muslims.   
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A5)

2012        Jan 13, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that his government will close its consulate in Miami after the US government expelled a diplomat.
    (AP, 1/13/12)

2012        Jan 29, In Florida a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate 75.
    (AP, 1/30/12)

2012        Jan 30, A new study said a burgeoning population of huge pythons, many of them pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big, appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Florida Everglades.
    (AP, 1/31/12)

2012        Jan 31, Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican primary with 47% of the vote. Newt Gingrich was second with 32%. Rick Santorum got 13 % and Ron Paul 7%.
    (AP, 2/1/12)

2012        Feb 16, The US returned shipwreck treasure from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, which sank off the coast of Portugal in 1804, to Spain. Odyssey marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida, salvaged treasure from the ship in 2007 at a cost of $2.6 million. Spain had agreed to pay $20 for each coin found on the ship. Some 594,000 silver coins and a couple hundred gold coins were found.
    (SFC, 6/11/12, p.E1)

2012        Feb 26, In Florida Trayvon Martin (17) of Miami was shot dead by George Zimmerman (28), a white Neighborhood Watch captain, after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks. He was visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando. On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. An autopsy report released on May 17 said Martin was shot through the heart at close range. Medical examiners also reported a low level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when they tested Martin's blood and urine. It was also reported that Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.
    (Reuters, 3/7/12)(http://tinyurl.com/74n7rwe)(AP, 4/11/12)(AP, 5/17/12)

2012        Mar 30, In Florida two people were fatally shot and 12 others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on mourners at a funeral in Miami.
    (SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A7)

2012        Apr 1, In Florida thousands of protesters gathered in a downtown bayfront park in Miami demanding the arrest of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. Today’s protest came a day after one of the largest demonstrations yet in Sanford, the central Florida town where Martin was killed.
    (Reuters, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 3, US federal prosecutors said WellCare Health Plans Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle 4 lawsuits involving fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims in 9 states.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)

2012        Apr 12, Florida executed serial killer David Alan Gore (58). He had spent 28 years on Death Row for killing 6 women in 1981 and 1983.
    (SFC, 4/13/12, p.A6)

2012        Apr 20, In Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin, stunning a rapt courtroom and a national television audience at a hearing in which the judge granted him $150,000 bail on a charge of 2nd-degree murder.
    (Reuters, 4/21/12)

2012        Apr 22, In Florida George Zimmerman was released without incident around midnight from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
    (AP, 4/23/12)

2012        May 3, US federal authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80 million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a 3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut and Miami.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)

2012        May 4, Disgraced former press baron Conrad Black (67) was released from a Florida prison after ending his sentence, but he was immediately taken into custody by US immigration officials. Authorities had previously indicated he would also face deportation from the United States after he was freed.
    (Reuters, 5/4/12)

2012        May 15, In Florida Tonya Thomas (33) fatally shot her four children, ages 12-17, and then killed herself in Port St. John.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A6)

2012        May 26, Miami police shot dead a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man, Ronald Poppo, on a downtown highway ramp. Rudy Eugene (31) had kept eating and growled at a police officer who tried to make him stop.
    (AP, 5/28/12)(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A8)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)

2012        Jun 7, In central Florida a single-engine plane crashed in the Tiger Creek Preserve killing Ron Bramlage (45), his wife and their 4 children. The family was returning home to Junction City, Kansas, from the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 11, In south Florida a woman (34) was severely burned after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in a dispute with the father of her child. Roosevelt Mondesir (52) was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being treated for burns at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.
    (AP, 6/11/12)

2012        Jun 20, In Florida a 31-foot (9.4 meter) fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, washed ashore on a Fort Lauderdale beach before dawn with its navigation lights on and twin outboard engines still running. It belonged to Guma Aguiar (35), the founder of a Texas oil and gas company that he sold for a reported $2.55 billion in 2006.
    (Reuters, 6/22/12)

2012        Jun 22, In Florida Anthony Giancola (45), a former middle-school principal who lost his job over a drug arrest 5 years ago, went on a rampage. He stabbed several people and killed at least two in Lealman, near Tampa, before being arrested by police.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)

2012        Jun 24, At least one person was killed by a tornado spun off by Tropical Storm Debby as it approached Florida and Alabama.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A5)

2012        Jul 23, Sally Ride (61), the first US woman to travel into space and an advocate for science education, died in Florida after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Her death made it public that her surviving partner of 27 years was a woman. Ride first launched into space in 1983 aboard Challenger on the 7th mission of US space shuttle program. In 2014 Lynn Sherr authored “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space."
    (Reuters, 7/24/12)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.N3)

2012        Jul, Ocean freight service between Miami and Havana was launched by International Port Corp. to significant fanfare. By April, 2013, the service ground to a halt over numerous technical and financial problems.
    (AP, 4/8/13)

2012        Aug 9, In Florida Broward County Sheriff's deputies arrested Michael (46) and Margaret Pollara (70). The mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the US, then sold the big-ticket items online.
    (AP, 8/13/12)

2012        Oct 5, In Florida about 30 contestants ate roaches during a contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python. Edward Archbold (32) of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
    (AP, 10/9/12)

2012        Oct 7, In Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX company launched a Falcon rocket carrying a Dragon capsule with some 1,000 pounds of gear and supplies for the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 10/8/12, p.A4)

2012        Oct 10, In Florida a section of a parking garage collapsed at Miami-Dade College killing 2 people.
    (SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)

2012        Oct 18, In Florida Bradford Baumet opened fire at a beauty salon killing 3 women and wounding manager Marcia Santiago, who had asked for a restraining order against him. After the rampage he went to a friend’s house and killed himself.
    (SFC, 10/19/12, p.A8)

2012        Nov 10, President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000. No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.
    (AP, 11/10/12)

2012        Nov 23, In Florida Michael Dunn (45) shot and killed Jordan Davis (17). Dunn had pulled into the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station alongside an SUV where Davis and three friends, all of them young African Americans, were listening to music. Dunn asked them to turn their music down and, after an apparent exchange of words with Davis, he produced a gun and fired eight or nine shots at the SUV. Dunn sped away but was arrested the next day in Brevard County. On Feb 15, 2014, Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder. A mistrail was declared on the murder charge. On Oct 1, 2014 Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder. On Oct 17 Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (Reuters, 11/28/12)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A12)(SFC, 10/2/14, p.A7)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A6)

2012        Nov 29, Florida brothers Alam Qazi (30) and Raees Alam Qazi (20), originally from Pakistan, were arrested in Fort Lauderdale for plotting to providing support for terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the US.
    (SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)

2012        Dec 1, In Florida a charter bus carrying 32 members of a church group hit a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport after the driver got lost, killing two elderly people on board and leaving three others critically injured.
    (AP, 12/1/12)

2012        Florida’s population was about 19 million.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

2013        Jan 1, Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

2013        Jan 4, A Beechcraft BE35 crashed on its way to the Flagler County Airport in Palm Coast, Florida, killing at least 3 people.
    (SFC, 1/5/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 12, In Florida nearely 800 people began month-long "Python Challenge" to deal with an infestation of Burmese pythons that were eating their way through a fragile ecosystem. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in Florida since 2000.
    (AP, 1/12/13)

2013        Feb 11, In Florida former state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer (50) pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering just before jury selection was to begin in his criminal trial.
    (SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 16, Alberto Morales (42), the Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them. Morales had escaped on Feb 11 from a Wal-Mart parking lot after attacking the Miami-Dade, Fla., detective.
    (AP, 2/16/13)

2013        Mar 1, In Seffner, Florida, a massive sinkhole swallowed Jeffrey Bush (37) as the hole opened under his bedroom. His body was never recovered Five others in the house were unharmed. In 2015 another sinkhole opened in the same location.
    (SFC, 3/2/13, p.A4)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.A5)

2013        Mar 4, In Florida a jury in Miami convicted Muslim cleric Hafiz Khan (77) of funneling thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban.
    (SFC, 3/5/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 15, In Florida a small plane crashed near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport killing all three men aboard.
    (SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A8)

2013        Mar 18, In Florida college student James Oliver Seevakumaran (30) put a bullet in his head as police closed in. He had two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives. He had pulled a dorm fire alarm in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them.
    (AP, 3/18/13)

2013        Apr 5, In Florida the parents of Travon Martin, the teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer last year, settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where their son was killed.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

2013        Apr 6, Florida state officials said an annual toxic red algae bloom has killed 241 of the state’s roughly 5,000 endangered manatees.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)

2013        May 16, Florida authorities said a shipment of gold with a declared value of $625,000 has gone missing in a suspected heist at Miami International Airport.
    (Reuters, 5/17/13)

2013        May 19, Lottery officials said a lone ticket in Florida matched each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million.
    (AP, 5/19/13)

2013        May 22, In Florida Ibragim Todashev (27), a Chechen immigrant, was shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando early today as he was "about to sign a statement" admitting to a role, along with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in an unsolved triple murder in Massachusetts on Sep 11, 2011. Todashev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev both fought mixed martial arts in the name of Boston's Wai Kru gym, where one of the 2011 triple murder victims, Brendan Mess, also trained. An investigation into Todashev’s death continued through August.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 5, In Florida Gloria C. MacKenzie (84) came forward to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million. She had bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line.
    (AP, 6/5/13)

2013        Jun 10, BP PLC said the Coast Guard has concluded cleanup operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida from the April  2010 oil well blowout. Work continued along 84 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A4)

2013        Jun 29, In Florida a monuument to atheism was unveiled near a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse in Starke.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A10)

2013        Jul 13, A jury of six Florida women ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last year, in the process underscoring the high value at least these six jurors placed on self-defense.
    (SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A10)
2013        Jul 13, In Florida Jermaine McBean (33), a computer engineer, was shot as he walked through his apartment complex in Broward County with an unloaded air rifle propped across his shoulders. A photo by a nurse on the scene showed he was wearing earbuds. Earbuds were later found at the hospital in his pocket. In 2015 the FBI opened investigations as the image indicated deputies may have tampered with evidence and lied under oath.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o9gyynn)(SFC, 7/9/15, p.A5)

2013        Jul 16, Rashia Wilson (27) of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for tax fraud. She and eager associates had claimed bogus tax refunds of over $11 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nzj479x)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.27)

2013        Jul 27, In Florida Pedro Vargas (42) went on a shooting rampage overnight at an apartment building in the Miami suburb of Hialeah. He killed 6 people before a SWAT team killed him and rescued two neighbors he was holding hostage.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 5, In Florida John Errol Ferguson (65) was executed for murdering 8 people in Miami-Dade County in the late 1970s.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 6, In Florida Colombia-born Israel Hernandez-Llach (18) died after Miami Beach police shocked him with a Taser as he ran away from officers who caught him spray-painting the wall of a shuttered McDonald's.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)

2013        Aug 24, In Florida Hubert Allen Jr. (72), a longtime employee at Pritchett Trucking, shot and killed 2 former co-workers and then killed himself at his home in Lake Butler. Two others were wounded.
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A11)

2013        Aug 28, Steve Bateman, the mayor of Homestead, Fl., was arrested on corruption charges. He was secretly being paid $125/hour as a consultant by a health care company seeking city and county approval for a sewer connection so it could build a local clinic.
    (SFC, 8/29/13, p.A8)

2013        Sep 2, US endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (64), on her 5th attempt, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A5)

2013        Sep 9, In Florida Rebecca Ann Sedwick (12) jumped to her death at a former cement business in Lakeland. Investigators said she was despondent after others posted hate messages to her online. On Oct 15 police said two girls of Crystal Lake Middle School, ages 12 and 14, have been arrested for bullying Sedwick. On Nov 20 prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated stalking against the two girls. 
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A8)

2013        Sep 27, In Florida Joseph Jenkins (34), a convicted killer, was mistakenly released from Carabelle prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. On Oct 8, Charles Walker (34), another convicted killer, was also mistakenly released from prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. Both prisoners were re-captured on Oct 19.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)

2013        Oct 16, A boat with more than dozen people, including Jamaicans and Haitians, capsized off the coast of South Florida. 4 women died and 11 people were taken into custody. On May 15 Bahamian national Naaman Davis pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to charges of smuggling. He was paid to drive the migrant-filled boat and was drinking rum and smoking crack-cocaine the night it capsized.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)(AP, 5/16/14)

2013        Oct 17, Florida Congressman Bill Young (82) died after 42 years of service. He had channeled hundreds of million of dollars via earmarks to his district and state.
    (Econ, 2/15/14, p.29)(AP, 10/18/13)

2013        Nov 19, Florida Rep. Henry Radel (37) was charged with cocaine possession following a “buy and bust" operation. The next day Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington. Radel resigned on Jan 27, 2014.
    (SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)(AP, 1/27/14)

2013        Dec 3, In Florida a number of pilot whales were spotted in extremely shallow water in the Everglades park south of Naples. 22 whales died after a pod of 51 was first spotted.
    (SFC, 12/6/13, p.A12)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)

2013        Dec 4, In Florida the former Miami Art Museum opened as the $131 Perez Art Museum Miami.
    (SSFC, 12/15/13, p.P3)

2013        Dec 20, In Florida 17 teams competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge at a speedway track near Miami. Only one robot, SCHAFT, made it to the top of a nine-step aluminum ladder. It was created by a Japanese startup owned by Google.
    (Econ, 3/29/14, SR p.3)(http://tinyurl.com/lsbfd5n)

2013        Dec 21, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said annual manatee deaths topped 800 for the first time since record-keeping began in the 1970s.
    (SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)

2014        Jan 1, In Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested James Allen and two others as they seized 79,000 packets of synthetic marijuana from three San Carlos Park homes. The ring leader was said to be Ryan Carroll (28).
    (SFC, 1/4/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/lpq3srz)

2014        Jan 7, The United States put to death its first inmate of the year in Florida, after a drop in executions during 2013. Askari Abdullah Muhammad (62), previously known as Thomas Knight, was convicted of abducting and killing a Miami couple in 1974 and fatally stabbing a prison guard six years later using a sharpened spoon. He appealed his conviction numerous times.
    (AFP, 1/7/14)

2014        Jan 23, A group of dead pilot whales, 16 females and 9 males, were spotted by boaters near Kice Island, Florida. Earlier this week, eight other whales were found dead after they swam into shallow waters near Fort Myers. Necropsies began the next day.
    (Reuters, 1/25/14)(SFC, 1/25/14, p.A5)

2014        Feb 2, In Florida Doreen Landstra (79) backed her SUV into a group of people in Bradenton killing 3 with 5 others hospitalized.
    (SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)

2014        Feb 6, In Florida a motorboat was found capsized about 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach. It had carried at least 12 people and 4 were confirmed dead.
    (SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A10)

2014        Feb 17, In Miami, Florida, local artist Maximo Caminero (51) smashed a colored vase, valued at $1 million, by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. Caminero was charged with criminal mischief. Caminero said he was protesting against favoritism for int’l. rather than local art.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)

2014        Feb 20, A court in Cape Coral, Florida, ruled that living off the grid is illegal. Robin Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for living without utilities.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lcgxy9h)

2014        Mar 14, Reubin Askew (85), former two-term governor of Florida (1971-1979), died in Tallahassee.
    (SFC, 3/14/14, p.D7)

2014        Mar 18, The Mega Millions jackpot of $414 million, the third largest in the game’s history, went to two winners of tickets sold in Florida and Maryland.
    (SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)

2014        Apr 9, In Florida the driver of an SUV caused a car to crash into a day care center killing a girl (4) and injuring 14 others. Robert Alex Corchado (28) surrendered to police the next day.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)

2014        Apr 12, In Florida a bear attacked Terri Frana (45) in the driveway of her home in Lake Mary. Wildlife officials soon killed 5 bears, but were unsure if they included the bear that attacked Frana.
    (SFC, 4/15/14, p.A6)

2014        May 1, In Florida an apparent gas explosion killed two inmates and all but destroyed the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola. More than 180 people were injured.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A9)

2014        May 7, A million-dollar home in Tampa, Florida, burned down leaving 4 people dead. Investigators found that a man, his wife and two teenage children were shot before the rented home, owned by former tennis pro James Blake, burned down.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.A8)

2014        May 11, A 2nd US case of MERS was diagnosed in Florida in a man visiting from Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 5/13/14, p.A10)

2014        May 19, In Florida an indictment was unsealed charging North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau (54) and others in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau was elected North Miami's first female Haitian-American mayor last June.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 26, In Florida laurel wilt disease, caused by a beetle the size of a rice grain, was reported to be killing off swamp bay trees. It has been detected across more than 500 square miles of the Everglades and has also infected avocado and red bay trees in southern Miami-Dade County and elsewhere in the southeast.
    (SFC, 5/26/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A8)

2014        May 27, The US Supreme Court struck down Florida’s IQ law on capital punishment saying the IQ score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)

2014        Jun 11, A US federal grand jury in Miami convicted Spanish drug kingpin Alvaro Lopez on conspiracy and money laundering charges.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.A9)

2014        Jun 18, Florida executed John Ruthell Henry (63) for the 1985 fatal stabbing of his wife and young son.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A8)

2014        Jun 26, In Florida a hit and run crash in Tampa left 3 females victims dead. Police searched for suspect Marquice Lamonz Anderson (27).
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A10)

2014        Jul 2, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of French ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau ended a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys.
    (AP, 7/2/14)

2014        Jul 4, In Florida three boats collided at high speed, killing 4 people and injuring nine near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A7)

2014        Jul 17, A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Florida health officials reported the first domestically-acquired infections in the United States of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean. More than 230 chikungunya cases have been reported in Americans this year, but all the others were travelers believed to have been infected elsewhere.
    (AP, 7/18/14)

2014        Jul 31, In Florida Richard McTear (26) was convicted of murder for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window in 2009 along an interstate, killing the infant instantly.
    (AP, 7/31/14)

2014        Aug 12, In Waldo, Florida, Police Chief Mike Szabo was suspended, apparently in response to an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into suspected improprieties in the way officers write tickets. On Aug 26 at a Waldo City Council meeting, a group of police officers said they had been ordered by Szabo to write at least 12 tickets per 12-hour shift or face repercussions. Ticket quotas are illegal under Florida law.
    (AP, 9/2/14)

2014        Aug 21, A US federal judge ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but put a stay delaying the effect of his order.
    (SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 24, Four bodies were found floating in debris off the Atlantic coast of Florida but no boat wreckage was discovered.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)

2014        Aug 29, In Florida Joel Steinger (64), the mastermind of an $800 million insurance scam, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He victmized more than 30,000 investors in all 50 US states and numerous foreign countries between 1994 and 2004.
    (SFC, 8/30/14, p.A9)

2014        Sep 4, Florida police found 4 bodies at a home in Hudson, Pasco County. Suspect  Adam Matos (28) was soon arrested in a downtown Tampa hotel.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)

2014        Sep 9, In Miami, Fla., Jose Padilla, convicted in 2007 of supporting al-Qaida and terrorism conspiracy, was given a new sentence of 21 years after a federal appeals court ruled that his original 17-year sentence was too lenient.
    (SFC, 9/10/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 18, In Florida ex-convict Don Spirit (51) killed his daughter (28) and her 6 children outside Gainsville and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A7)

2014        Oct 28, Cambodian police arrested Michael Edward Harris, identified by media there as a US Army deserter wanted in the US for offenses involving child pornography and possible related crimes. Sgt. Harris entered Cambodia on Jan. 17 after earlier skipping bail in Florida.
    (AP, 10/29/14)

2014        Nov 13, Florida executed Chadwick Banks (43) for killing his sleeping wife and raping his young stepdaughter 22 years earlier.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A8)

2014        Nov 20, Florida police shot and killed Myron May (31), a Florida State Univ. alumnus, after May shot three people outside the campus library in Tallahassee. Journal notes indicated that May believed the government was targeting him for persecution.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A9)

2014        Nov 22, In Florida Curtis Wade Holley (53) set fire to his house in Tallahassee and then ambushed police as they arrived. Deputy Christopher smith (47) was shot and killed and another deputy wounded before another officer shot and killed Holley.
    (SFC, 11/24/14, p.A4)

2014        Dec 17, A Florida judge granted the state’s first formal divorce for a gay couple. The Broward County judge used the case to join other judges in declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A5)

2014        Dec 20, In Florida over 200 people gathered in Little Havana Park in Miami to protest Pres. Obama’s normalizing relations with Cuba.
    (SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A14)

2014        Dec 21, Florida police Officer Charles Kondek was shot and run over early today in Tarpon Springs. Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A8)

2014        Dec 23, US census figures indicated that Florida has surpassed New York state in population with at least 19.9 million residents, making it the 3rd most populous US state.
    (SFC, 12/24/14, p.A6)

2015        Jan 5, In Miami lesbian and gay couples were wed hours before Florida’s coming out party as the nation’s 36th state to legalize same-sex marriages.
    (SFC, 1/6/15, p.A12)

2015        Jan 8, In Florida John Janchuck (25) tossed his daughter Phoebe (5) off the Sunshine Skyway bridge and into Tampa Bay. Police said he had been acting strangely.
    (SFC, 1/9/15, p.A8)

2015        Jan 9, In Florida George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in 2013, was arrested for aggravated assault in connection with a domestic disturbance earlier in the week. His ex-girlfriend soon recanted her story and the case was dropped.
    (Reuters, 1/10/15)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A7)

2015        Jan 10, The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket reached orbit with a cargo for the Int’l. Space Station. An attempt to land the rocket’s first stage on a floating platform failed following launch at Cape Canaveral.
    (SSFC, 1/11/15, p.A8)

2015        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to throw overboard a Florida fisherman’s conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation. Fisherman John Yates was convicted in 2011 on two of three charges, including one under the so-called anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The case began in August 2007 when federal and state officials measured fish on Yates's commercial fishing boat, named the Miss Katie, that they suspected were undersized.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)

2015        Mar 3, In Florida $5 million class-action lawsuit was filed accusing hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals.
    (AP, 3/5/15)

2015        Mar 4, In central Florida Derek Cruice (26) died after being shot in the face early today by a sheriff’s deputy attempting to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation.
    (AP, 3/4/15)

2015        Mar 11, A US Army helicopter crashed near Eglin air Force Base in Florida. 7 Marines and 4 aircrew were feared dead after the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a night training exercise.
    (AFP, 3/11/15)(SFC, 3/12/15, p.A10)

2015        Mar 30, In Florida a church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a rural highway and crashed into in a canal, killing 8 people and injuring ten.
    (AP, 3/30/15)

2015        Apr 2, In Florida three Ku Klux Klan members, who worked in a state prison, were arrested on conspiracy to commit murder. They had allegedly plotted to kill a black inmate after his release in retaliation for a fight.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A7)

2015        Apr 13, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (43) announced his candidacy for the 2016 US presidential elections.
    (Econ., 4/18/15, p.23)

2015        May 6, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX completed a successful test of its new launch escape system for astronauts using a dummy in a 1.5 minute test flight.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A11)

2015        May 17, In Florida Austin Goodner (18) was killed by St. Petersburg police after he argued with four people near a city pool, shot a man on a bike in the arm and then shot an officer in the leg.
    (AP, 5/18/15)

2015        Jun 2, In Florida a Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Shoemaker (22) was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for secretly videotaping female trainees as they undressed for showers aboard the submarine Wyoming. He was the 4th crew member to be sentenced to prison. Three more crew members awaited trial.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)

2015        Jun 11, In Miami US District Judge Beth Bloom sentenced Raees Qazi (22) to 35 years in prison while his brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi (32), was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Both US citizens from Pakistan had admitted trying to pull off a terrorist bomb attack against New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy US marshals while in custody.
    (AP, 6/11/15)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)

2015        Jun 28, An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Florida Amaya Guardado (17) was reported missing. He was later found hacked to death with a machete and left in a shallow grave that the suspects had dug in advance. Miami-Dade police later charged four Homestead Job Corps classmates with second-degree murder: Kaheem Arbelo (20), Jonathan Lucas (18), Christian Colon (19), and Desiray Strickland (18). Detectives expected to make a fifth arrest.
    (AP, 8/21/15)

2015        Jun 30, A Florida judge blocked a new state law, one day before it was to take effect, which requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A5)

2015        Jul 2, The US Department of Justice said BP Plc has reached a settlement with US authorities and will pay about $18.7 billion in damages for water pollution caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The agreement settles claims against BP by the government and the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)

2015        Jul 24, In Florida Perry Cohen (14) and Austin Stephanos (14) went missing after setting out on a fishing trip. Their capsized boat was found on July 26.
    (SFC, 8/1/15, p.A4)

2015        Aug 3, In Florida a free fall training accident occurred at the Eglin Air Force Base. Sergeant Timothy Officer (32) and Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun (35) soon died from injuries sustained during the parachuting accident.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)

2015        Sep 4, In Florida Boeing celebrated the opening of its commercial crew and cargo processing facility at the Kennedy Space Center, which will serve as home to its future space fleet and named it Starliner.
    (SFC, 9/5/15, p.A7)

2015        Sep 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he is shipping his Blue Origin space company to Florida, where he will build rockets and launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.
    (SFC, 9/16/15, p.A6)

2015        Sep 19, In Florida Spanish-language TV host Don Francisco, aka Mario Kreutzberger, ended a 53-year career, offering a last, emotional show on Sábado Gigante in which President Barack Obama and his wife praised him by video and a constellation of Latin American pop stars thanked him for advancing their careers.
    (AP, 9/20/15)

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