Category Florida History

Eastern Airlines – 30 years since a devastating strike killed the airline

In this article: Politics, union busting, Florida tourism, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Frank Lorenzo and more.  It’s been thirty years this week since a devastating strike essentially killed Miami-based Eastern Airlines, which just a few years earlier had been the largest airline in the western world. The downfall of Eastern was not only a […]

Books and Movies: LBJ and MLK Jr.

Having just completed a long foreign trip (much of which was for business) I fell back into a stupor about wanting to read and watch films about the Civil Rights Movement and particularly the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Reading about the movement served as a reminder of the critical role Florida […]

Throwback Thursday: 35 years since the historic first Football National Championship for a Florida school

Thirty five years ago today, the University of Miami were proclaimed the consensus football D1 National Champions – the first of eleven undisputed national titles won by Florida schools. All those titles were won between 1983 and 2013- in that period of the 31 national champions crowned, not only were 11 from Florida but Miami, […]

Throwback Thursday: Apollo 8 from Cape Canaveral to the world

50 years ago today the mission of Apollo 8 ended., It ranks as one of the most important space missions in history and launched from Cape Canaveral On December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first ever space mission to leave the earth’s orbit and to circle the moon. In the process they became the […]

Throwback Thursday: The Civil War in Florida- union blockade

Florida was the least populated state in the Confederacy during the Civil War. But with by far the longest coastline in the nation, the Union had to take seriously the ability of the smugglers to use Florida to get weapons and other raw materials to the Confederate Government. At the outset of the war, the […]

Holiday book recommendation: My Andrew Story

Editors note: Beginning today through Christmas Eve we will recommend a book for holiday gifts each day.  Each of these books have been reviewed before on this site but the narratives are updated for December 2018. Hurricane Andrew’s fury was witnessed by South Dade residents and concerned citizens all over the region. But nobody has a more authoritative and credible voice on all matters Andrew and for that matter Atlantic basin Hurricanes in […]

Throwback Thursday: Free blacks help save Florida from Anglo-American domination

For the British in London, knocking Spain out of the war was strategic in a larger global conflict. For the Anglo-American colonists in Georgia and the Carolina’s invading Florida was more about crushing black freedom as well as Catholicism  while extending slavery.  In July 1742, decisive battles between the Spanish and British took place in […]

Famous Floridian Friday: Governor LeRoy Collins after leaving office

In 2016, I penned the afterward to Robert Buccellato’s excellent Florida History timepiece, Finding Dan McCarty focusing on the Governorship of Leroy Collins, who took the unfulfilled McCarty mantle and promise, and made Florida a modern state. I have in the past focused much my analysis on Collins’ views toward improving Florida’s business climate and had long […]

Throwback Thursday: Queen Anne’s War and the British siege of Pensacola

HISTORICAL NOTE: I REFER TO PRE-1707 ACTIVITIES AS “ENGLISH” AND THOSE FROM 1707 ONWARD AS “BRITISH” DUE TO THE ACTS OF UNION BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH CROWNS THAT WERE ENACTED IN 1707.  This week in 1707 the second British siege of Pensacola was lifted.  It was culmination of hostilities between the English and the […]

Recalling “Murder at Matecumbe” the Labor Day weekend tragedy in the Keys

The National Hurricane Center in 2014 reclassified the 1935 Keys Labor Day Storm, one of the greatest tragedies in Florida’s History as the strongest storm to ever hit the US mainland. The storm hit 83 years ago today on September 2, 1935. One of the great tragedies of the Labor Day storm was the death of hundreds of […]