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- 1861 – Civil War: The USS Atlantic arrived off Santa Rosa Island and disembarks 1,000 men for the defense of Fort Pickens.
- 1915 – Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger successfully catapulted the AB-2 flying boat from a barge off the Naval Aeronautical Station.
- 1965 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held commencing construction of the University of West Florida.