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A time line of Pinellas County history

1529

Pánfilo de Narváez lands near what is now Jungle Prada in St. Petersburg.

1842

Odet Philippe stakes a claim in what is now Safety Harbor.

1848

Unnamed hurricane hits Pinellas peninsula.

1859

Clearwater gets the peninsula's first post office.

1884

First publication, in Dunedin, of paper that will become the Tampa Bay Times.

1887

Tarpon Springs incorporates as first city on peninsula.

1888

Peter Demens' Orange Belt Railroad extends to newly named St. Petersburg.

Feb. 23, 1907

Editor W.L. Straub writes "Pinellas Declaration of Independence" in St. Petersburg Times editorial.

May 23, 1911

Gov. Albert Gilchrist signs bill allowing creation of new county.

Nov. 14, 1911

Voters ratify act creating Pinellas County. Tally is 1,379 to 505.

Jan. 1, 1912

Pinellas County is officially born.

Jan. 1, 1914

Tony Jannus flies from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 23 minutes for the first scheduled commercial flight in U.S. history.

Oct. 25, 1921

Hurricane hits Pinellas, killing six. It's the only direct hit of the 20th century.

1924

Gandy Bridge opens.

1928

Don CeSar Hotel opens.

1934

The Ben T. Davis Causeway, later renamed Courtney Campbell, opens.

1944

Blacks first allowed to vote in a Pinellas primary.

1947

Red Tide virtually destroys Tarpon Springs' sponge industry.

1954

Original Sunshine Skyway bridge span opens.

1955

Gulf Coast Highway, a.k.a. U.S. 19, connects Pinellas with Tallahassee.

1960

Howard Frankland Bridge opens.

1964

James Sanderlin sues school system over facilities for black students. Case ends in 1971 with the state's first voluntary, all-inclusive desegregation plan.

1967

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejects dredge-and-fill permit on Boca Ciega Bay because of environmental impact — first time in the nation.

1968

Black sanitation workers in St. Petersburg strike, leading to four nights of riots.

1971

Greek tanker runs aground, spills oil that washes up on Pinellas beaches.

1975

Church of Scientology begins surreptitiously buying property in Clearwater.

1980

Summit Venture hits Sunshine Skyway. One span collapses, killing 10.

1984-1988

African-American neighborhoods in St. Petersburg are demolished to make room for baseball stadium.

1987

New Sunshine Skyway opens.

1993

Two barges and a tanker collide, spilling 300,000 gallons of oil and 33,000 gallons of jet fuel that foul 13 miles of beaches.

1998

Tampa Bay's new baseball team, then named the Devil Rays, plays first game in Tropicana Field.

A time line of Pinellas County history 12/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 30, 2011 4:34pm]

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