The Miami Herald Page 1A Monday, August 24, 1992 Miami Herald Staff

Hurricane Andrew

On August 24th, 1992, a category 5 chainsaw called Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of ruin like no storm before it.More than 28,000 homes were destroyed, 107,000 damaged — a toll that made it the nation’s costliest natural catastrophe until Katrina in 2005. Fifteen people were killed in Miami-Dade alone. Dozens more died in exhausting […]

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Nelson Mandela visits Miami, 1990

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was expected to visit Miami in June 1990, four months after being released from a South African prison. Miami made plans for a proclamation and a key to the city, but after Mandela acknowledged support for Fidel Castro, Moammar Gadhafi and Yasser Arafat during a TV interview, commissioners rescinded the official […]

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Miami Heat Championship, 2006

In 2006 Miami Heat coach and president, Pat Riley, built a team around Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal to capture the championship he had waited to experience for 11 years as the leader of the team. Miami trailed the Dallas Mavericks by two games and faced a 13-point lead in the closing minutes of Game […]

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Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, 1972

In 1972, it was Miami Beach’s turn to host, not only the Democratic but also the Republican convention, which had also been held here in 1968 — thanks to Key Biscayne part-time resident Richard M. Nixon. Nixon was running for reelection, along with his vice president, Spiro Agnew.  By then the protesters’ numbers had nearly […]

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Demo. Natl. Convention Miami Beach - 1972 AP Wirephoto

Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, 1972

In the summer of 1972, Miami Beach hosted the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the last time one city hosted both conventions. During the four-day Democratic Convention in July, only two people were arrested and two others injured. Four years earlier in Chicago, 680 people were arrested and 1,381 were injured. Rocky Pomerance, the Miami […]

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston, 1964

Cassius Clay leaped forward, to the center of the ring, and leaned over to all the reporters who had said he was a joke, a clown, a loser, a fraud. He had just made them all liars. He leaned over, and he opened his mouth wide. After six rounds, the favorite, Liston, “sank to his […]

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June 1st 1937: Amelia Earhart takes off from Miami

When Amelia Earhart attempted to be the first woman pilot to fly around the world in 1937, she launched her fateful trip from the Miami Municipal Airport in Opa-locka. This was her second attempt at flying around the world. She landed at the wrong airport in Miami, in what was then known as the 36th […]

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Memorial Day Marlin Levison

Memorial Day in Miami

Memorial Day was established in 1868 to honor Civil War soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Originally called Decoration Day, for the tradition of decorating graves of the fallen with flowers, it became a national holiday in 1971, observed annually on the last Monday in May. Take a look at how Miami has commemorated our […]

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President Reagan visits Little Havana | May 20, 1983

El numero uno. Campeon de la libertad. Viva Reagan. A crowd shouted as President Reagan arrived in Little Havana. He was preceded by 10 motorcycle policemen, two Florida Highway Patrol cars with blue lights flashing and a limousine packed with Secret Service agents. For half an afternoon, the President drew adoring crowds, ate Cuban food, […]

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May 12, 1997: Tornado rips its way through Miami

A towering tornado ripped its way through the middle of Miami, Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach right after lunch on May 12, 1997, smashing cars and windows, tossing trees skyward and scaring the dickens out of thousands of people who were transfixed by the uncanny sight. After forming in the Miami neighborhood of Shenandoah at […]

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