Recent Posts

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 […]

Read more and view photos »

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 […]

Read more and view photos »
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 […]

Read more and view photos »

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 […]

Read more and view photos »
Pacific Bldg John Pineda

Pacific Building, boom-time skyscraper

The site of lavish real estate offices when it opened, Miami’s once-elegant Pacific Building ended its life as a high-rise hobo jungle. The 15-story building at 327 NE First Ave. was started in 1924 as the Realty Board Building. Badly damaged in the hurricane of 1926, it nevertheless survived until being razed to make room […]

Read more and view photos »
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 […]

Read more and view photos »
Burdine's Misc. - File 2 Raymond Loewy Corporation

Burdines: The Florida Store

Long before the days of giant suburban malls, smack in the middle of downtown Miami, there was Burdines.  The roots of the grand department store are modest. The first store opened by William Burdine, a retired Confederate army officer,and his partner, Henry Payne, was a dry goods store in Bartow, Fla. By 1912, Burdines moved […]

Read more and view photos »

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, […]

Read more and view photos »
Bicycle - Built For 2 or More Joe Schuppe

Miami bike scene

Miami, with its flat terrain and year-round warm weather, has the makings of a cycling friendly location. Of course, there’s also the heinous traffic,  lack of bike lanes and laws to protect cyclists. Take a look at a few of Miami’s early riders.

Read more and view photos »
618428 Arthur Harvey/For The Herald

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 […]

Read more and view photos »