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- 1861 – Civil War: Federal troops receive orders to abandon the mainland's Fort Barrancas and refortify on Santa Rosa Island's Fort Pickens. The communication is not intercepted by Confederate troops because it was "in a pink, scented envelope addressed by a female hand."
- 1986 - Rock band RUSH performs at the Pensacola Civic Center.
- 1999 – Roy Jones, Jr. defeats Rick Frazier (KO) at the Pensacola Civic Center.
- Clint Johnson. Civil War Blunders: Amusing Incidents from the War. John F. Blair, Publisher, 1997.