1990-2015: A look back at memorable events in Orlando history 

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1990

The Simpsons debuts as a 30-minute show

"Ice Ice Baby" hits No. 1 on the Billboard charts

Jim Henson dies

First Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival

Pee Wee's Playhouse ends

Berlin Wall comes down

Universal Orlando opens

Sam Rivers moves to Orlando

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1991

First Gay Day at Walt Disney World takes place

Orlando's old City Hall building is destroyed in Lethal Weapon 3

Orlando Predators arena football team forms

WPRK becomes completely student-run

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  • Pearl Jam performs at the Edge

1992

Pearl Jam plays at the Edge

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is established

UCF President John Hitt is inaugurated

Universal holds its first Halloween Horror Nights event

Shaq drafted to the Orlando Magic

Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood elected

Lou Pearlman founds Backstreet Boys

Jeff Truesdell hired as editor of The Weekly

1993

Green Day plays at Club Nowhere

The Club at Firestone (now known as Venue 578) opens

Splendid China attraction opens

Shaq's first rap album, Shaq Diesel, debuts

Massive rave happens at the Edge with Dust Brothers (who eventually became Chemical Brothers)

AAHZ reopens

The Weekly circulation: 100,000 copies each week.

A UCF committee agrees to name school's mascot "Knightro"

1994

LGBT-focused newspaper Watermark publishes its first issue

FIFA World Cup games played in Orlando

Phat-N-Jazzy begins, Sapphire Supper Club opens

The Weekly is sold to Alternative Media Inc.

1995

Painter Bob Ross dies

Matchbox 20 forms in Orlando

UCF graduate Brian Wheeler founds the first Tijuana Flats

Will's Pub opens

Sapphire Supper Club Opens

NSync perform for the first time at Pleasure Island

Wall St. Plaza opens with One Eyed Jack's and the Loaded Hog

The Weekly is renamed Orlando Weekly

1996

Last Xanadu House of the Future closes in Kissimmee

Backstreet Boys achieve international fame

Orlando Weekly launches Orlando Music Awards

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  • Orlando Music Awards

1997

Orlando passes its anti-rave ordinance

Walt Disney World celebrates its 25th anniversary

1999

Stardust Video and Coffee opens

Walt Disney World debuts FastPass

Islands of Adventure opens at Universal

UCF grads debut The Blair Witch Project

Times Shamrock purchases Orlando Weekly

2000

Legendary Langford Hotel closes

Patty Sheehan becomes first openly LGBT member of Orlando City Council

SeaWorld's Discovery Cove opens

"Lonesome Dave" Peverett (Foghat) dies in Orlando

Trivium forms

The Legendary JC's form

2001

First writer moves into Kerouac House for a three-month residency

Florida recount causes Supreme Court to hand presidency to George W. Bush

Yab Yum Coffee House, the Globe, Harold and Maude's and the Kit Kat Club sold to new owner of Wall Street Plaza

Mystery Fun House on I-Drive closes

Sapphire Supper Club becomes the Social

Lou Pearlman becomes majority owner of Church Street Station

2002

Mall at Millenia opens

Jeff Truesdell departs as editor of Orlando Weekly after a dispute with publisher Mike Johnson

Bob Whitby is hired as Orlando Weekly's new editor

2003

Infamous party hangout Harley Hotel closes

Splendid China closes, becomes a haven for midnight stoners

Buddy Dyer is elected mayor

First phase of Baldwin Park neighborhood is complete

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  • Mayor Buddy Dyer and Billy Manes in 2015

2004

Hurricane Charley strikes Central Florida

Tracy McGrady becomes the only Orlando Magic player to score over 60 points

2005

Redlight Redlight opens

Orlando celebrates first Come Out With Pride event

Backstreet Boys sue Lou Pearlman for the second time

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer indicted in March; Billy Manes runs campaign to replace him. Dyer, however, is exonerated by April

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  • Original Will's Pub

2006

Final manuscript of Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, written in Orlando, returns here

Original Will's Pub closes

James Carlson goes undercover for Nazi rally

2007

Ravenous Pig opens in Winter Park

Lou Pearlman's financial troubles trigger foreclosure of Church Street Station

Church Street purchased by developer Cameron Khun

The Daily City launches its culture and events blog

2008

Church Street Station reopens, then goes into foreclosure again

Lou Pearlman is convicted and sentenced to 25 years

2009

Orlando Opera declares bankruptcy

2010

Amway Arena closes

Amway Center opens

Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando

Bob Whitby resigns from his post as editor of Orlando Weekly

Erin Sullivan is hired as editor of Orlando Weekly

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau drowned by killer whale Tilikum

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  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter

2011

Local musician Ralph Ameduri Jr. is fatally shot in Winter Haven

Tabu nightclub closes; the Beacham opens in its place

Casey Anthony trial begins

After three weeks, Anthony is acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter

The Daily City holds its first Food Truck Bazaar

Gov. Rick Scott elected, promptly begins ruining things

Orlando's ban on feeding the homeless goes to court

Universal Orlando closes beloved Jaws ride for good

2012

Marena Grant Morrisey retires as director of the Orlando Museum of Art after 42 years

The Dwightmare: Dwight Howard leaves the Orlando Magic

Trayvon Martin shot by vigilante in Sanford

Mad Cow Theatre moves to its Church Street location

NBA All-Star Game takes place in Orlando

Mark Wayne of Red Fox Lounge fame dies

Dr. Ena Heller takes over as director of Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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  • Photo by Fernando Medina

2013

St. Pete entrepreneur signs 20-year lease on Church Street Station

Glen Gentele is appointed director of the Orlando Museum of Art

East End Market opens

Paul McCartney surprises Orlando with a concert at Amway Center

2014

Times Shamrock puts Orlando Weekly up for sale

Euclid Media Group buys Orlando Weekly

Red Fox Lounge closes

Bar-BQ-Bar and Roxy Nightclub close

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, SunRail and Snap! Space open

2015

Construction begins on I-4 Ultimate

Orlando Eye opens at I-Drive 360 complex

In wake of historic Supreme Court decision, Orlando holds massive gay wedding on steps of City Hall

Maitland Art Center wins National Historic Landmark status

Orlando City Soccer holds its inaugural match as an MLS team

Orlando Weekly moves its offices back to downtown Orlando

OW celebrates 25 kickass years in business!

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