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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Orlando, Florida, United States.

19th century

1800–1900

History of Florida
Seal of Florida.svg
The seal of Florida reflects the state's Native American ancestry
Historical Periods
Pre-history until 1497
Spanish Rule 1513–1763
British Rule 1763–1783
Spanish Rule 1783–1821
U.S. Territorial Period 1822–1845
Statehood 1845–present
Major Events
American Revolutionary War 1775–1783
War of 1812 1811–1814
First Seminole War 1817–1818
Capitol moved to
Tallahassee
1824
Second Seminole War 1835–1842
Constitutional convention 1838
Third Seminole War 1855–1858
Ordinance of Secession 1861
Civil War 1861–1865
3rd Constitution 1865
Reconstruction 1865–1868
4th Constitution 1868
5th Constitution 1885
Great Migration 1910–1930
Land Boom 1925–1929
6th Constitution 1968
Gore v. Harris
2000 Presidential Election
2000
Timeline
  • 1875
    • Town of Orlando incorporated.
    • William Jackson Brack becomes mayor.
  • 1878 - Orange County Reporter newspaper begins publication.
  • 1880
    • South Florida Railroad begins operating.
    • Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church established.
  • 1884 - Orange County Jail built.
  • 1886
    • Orlando Black (school) opens.
    • Orlando Street Railway begins operating (approximate date).
    • English Club formed.
  • 1889 - Church Street Station built.
  • 1891 - St. James Cathedral built.
  • 1892
    • Courthouse built.
    • Lake Eola Park established.

20th century

1900s-1960s

  • 1900 - Florida Christian Recorder newspaper begins publication.
  • 1905 - City Hall built.
  • 1910 - Population: 3,894.
  • 1913 - Grand Theater opens.
  • 1914 - Commission form of government effected.
  • 1918 - Orange General Hospital opens.
  • 1921
    • Beacham Theater opens.
    • Jones High School active.
  • 1923
    • Orlando Utilities Commission established; municipal electric plant begins operating.
    • Albertson Public Library opens.
  • 1924
    • Edgewater Heights, Lorna Doone Park, and Orwin Manor become part of Orlando.
    • Orlando Museum of Art founded.
    • Orange Court Hotel built.
  • 1925 - Glendonjo Park and Spring Lake Terrace become part of Orlando.
  • 1926
    • Country Club Estates, Ivanhoe Plaza, Oakhurst Subdivision, Orlando Highlands, Princeton Court, and Silver Lake Park become part of Orlando.
    • Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, and Municipal Auditorium built.
    • Well'sbuilt Hotel in business.
  • 1927 - Orange County Courthouse built.
  • 1928 - Orlando Municipal Airport begins operating.
  • 1934 - Orlando Dixie Sun newspaper begins publication.
  • 1936
  • 1940 - Orlando Army Air Base established.
  • 1943 - Pinecastle Army Airfield in operation.
  • 1945 - Negro Chamber of Commerce established.
  • 1946 - Ben White Raceway opens.
  • 1949 - Gatorland opens.
  • 1952 - William R. Boone High School built.
  • 1954
    • WDBO-TV begins broadcasting.
    • Bishop Moore High School built.
  • 1956 - Colonial Plaza shopping centre in business.
  • 1957
    • Orange County Historical Commission established.
    • Martin Company missile manufactory begins operating near Orlando.
    • Interstate 4 highway constructed.
  • 1960 - Central Florida Museum opens.
  • 1961 - Harry P. Leu Gardens deeded to city.
  • 1967
  • 1968
    • Florida Technological University opens.
    • Naval Training Center Orlando and Catholic Diocese of Orlando established.

1970s-1990s

  • 1970
    • Lake Highland Preparatory School founded.
    • Population: 99,006 city; 344,311 county.
    • University Drive-In cinema built.
  • 1971
    • Disney World in business.
    • Historical Society of Central Florida headquartered in Orlando.
  • 1973
    • Orlando Fashion Square Mall opens
    • Sentinel Star newspaper began publication.
    • SeaWorld theme park in business.
  • 1974 - East-West Expressway constructed.
  • 1975 - Metropolitan Orlando Women's Political Caucus and Orlando Lutheran Academy founded.
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1979
    • Orlando Opera incorporated.
    • Basilica of Mary (church) built.
  • 1980
    • July: Racial unrest.
    • Bill Frederick becomes mayor.
    • Population: 128,291 city; 471,016 county.
  • 1981 - Bill McCollum becomes U.S. representative for Florida's 5th congressional district.
  • 1982
  • 1983 - Orange County Convention Center opens.
  • 1984 - Orlando Science Center active.
  • 1986 - The Peabody Orlando hotel and Disney's Living Seas in business.
  • 1987 - Dr. Phillips High School opens.
  • 1989 - Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival begins.
    • Orlando Arena (now the Amway Arena) opened
  • 1990
    • Universal Orlando theme park in business.
    • Population: 164,693 city; 677,491 county.
    • Zora Neale Hurston Festival begins in nearby Eatonville.
  • 1991
    • UCF Arena opens.
    • Orlando Predators football team formed.
  • 1992
    • Cypress Creek High School and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra established.
    • Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival begins.
  • 1993
    • Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in operation.
    • Glenda Hood becomes mayor.
  • 1994 - June–July: Some 1994 FIFA World Cup games held in Orlando.
  • 1996 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1998
  • 1999 - Cinemark Festival Bay Mall (cinema) in business.

21st century

  • 2002 - Millenia Mall in business.
  • 2003
    • Freedom High School established.
    • Buddy Dyer becomes mayor.
  • 2007 - CFE Arena opens.
  • 2010
    • Amway Center event venue opens.
    • Orlando City Soccer Club formed.
  • 2011
    • Daniel Webster becomes U.S. representative for Florida's 8th congressional district.
    • Population: 238,300; metro 2,171,360.
  • 2015 - Orlando Eye ferris wheel built.
  • 2016 - Orlando nightclub shooting
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