Timeline

1924

WILLIAM MICHAEL BRUCE BORN IN LANSING, MICHIGAN
FEBRUARY 9

1925

1926

BRUCE FAMILY MOVES TO
MIAMI, FLORIDA
THE GREAT MIAMI HURRICANE
STRIKES SEPTEMBER 18

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PLAYS FIRST FOOTBALL GAME
OCTOBER 23

1927

1928

1929

 
THE GREAT DEPRESSION BEGINS OCTOBER 24

1930

RICHARD FRANKLIN BRUCE, BILL'S FATHER, PASSES AWAY

1931

1932

FDR ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF USA
1932 THRU 1945

1933

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

WORLD WAR II BEGINS
SEPTEMBER 1

1940

1941

BECOMES YOUNGEST-EVER MANAGER AND ANNOUNCER, MIAMI "DADE THEATRE" AT
AGE 17
JAPAN ATTACKS PEARL HARBOR
DECEMBER 7

1942

ENLISTS IN OFFICER
CANDIDATE SCHOOL
DECEMBER 11

1943

ACTIVE SERVICE IN U.S.
NAVY BEGINS
OCTOBER 15

1944

1945

VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY
MAY 8

VICTORY IN JAPAN DAY
OCTOBER 15

1946

HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM U.S. NAVY, SEAMAN 1ST CLASS, AVIATION RADIOMAN
JANUARY 15

1947

1948

1949

WILLIAM MICHAEL BRUCE ELOPES WITH BONITA MARIE BACHMANN, MARRIED IN SAVANNAH, GA BY BLIND JUSTICE-OF-PEACE
AUGUST 18

1950

1951

1952

1953

FIRST DAUGHTER BORN
(BONNIE MARIE)

1954

BILL'S LIFE-THREATENING
STOMACH SURGERY

1955

FIRST SON BORN
(MICHAEL THOMAS)

1956

SECOND SON BORN
(PATRICK PHILLIP)

1957

1958

SECOND DAUGHTER BORN
(SUSAN MARIE)

1959

FOUNDING MEMBER OF
MIAMI TOUCHDOWN CLUB
MAY 7

1960

1961

THIRD SON BORN
(KELLY ALEXANDER)
CASSIUS CLAY BEATS LISTON IN MIAMI BEACH, DECLARES
"I'M THE GREATEST!"
FEBRUARY 25

PLAYBOY CLUB OPENS IN MIAMI

1962

BILL'S BROTHER RICHARD
DIES OF CANCER

MADE PERMANENT
MASTER OF CEREMONIES,
MIAMI TOUCHDOWN CLUB

1963

BILL'S THE COURTSIDE
PA ANNOUNCER FOR
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
AND ABA BASKETBALL TEAMS
1960'S
JFK ASSASSINATED

1964

JACKIE GLEASON SHOWS OPENS IN MIAMI BEACH "THE FUN AND SUN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!"
1964 THRU 1970

1965

1966

MIAMI DOLPHINS FIRST SEASON

1967

BILL'S MOTHER LELAH
PASSES AWAY 3 DAYS BEFORE
THIRD DAUGHTER BORN
(LORI MARIE)

1968

MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL II
JANUARY 14

MIAMI FLORIDIANS ABA TEAM BEGINS 1968 THRU 1972

1969

FOURTH DAUGHTER BORN
(TRACY MARIE)

MASTER OF CEREMONIES, MIAMI TOUCHDOWN CLUB 'FAME' AWARDS - JOE WILLIE NAMATH MAKES FAMOUS "GUARANTEE"
JANUARY 9
MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL III
JANUARY 12

1970

DOLPHINS HIRE COACH
DON SHULA

1971

MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL V
JANUARY 17

1972

ROASTS GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE IN MIAMI DURING GOVERNOR'S PRESIDENTIAL RUN IN 1972
WALLACE PARALYZED IN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT 3 MONTHS LATER MARCH 4
MIAMI DOLPHINS ACHIEVE ONLY UNDEFEATED SEASON IN
NFL HISTORY

1973

CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA PROCLAIMS "BILL BRUCE DAY"
OCTOBER 25

1974

1975

1976

MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL X
JANUARY 18

1977

1978

BEGINS SERIES OF ROASTS IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR THE "SAINTS AND SINNERS", DEVELOPS NATIONAL NOTORIETY
1978 THRU LATE 1980'S

1979

MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL XIII
JANUARY 21

1980

1981

1982

ROASTS ONLY U.S. SENATOR TO REACH 100 YRS OLD IN OFFICE SENATOR STROM THURMOND
SEPTEMBER 23

BILL BRUCE PUNCHLINES QUOTED IN "USA TODAY" SECOND-EVER EDITION OF THE NEW NATIONAL DAILY PAPER

1983

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI FOOTBALL TEAM WINS FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
1983 SEASON

1984

1985

1986

1987

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI'S
SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP
1987 SEASON

1988

1989

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI'S
THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP
1989 SEASON

MIAMI HOSTS SUPERBOWL XXIII
JANUARY 22

1990

1991

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI'S
FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP
1991 SEASON

1992

MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE MIAMI TOUCHDOWN CLUB FAREWELL SALUTE AS PERMANENT 'EMCEE' FOR
OVER 30 YRS
DECEMBER 1
HURRICANE ANDREW
SMASHES MIAMI
AUGUST 24

1993

RETIRES WITH BONITA IN HIGHLANDS, NC

ACTIVE WITH HIGHLANDS ROTARY AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UNOFFICIAL MASTER OF CEREMONIES (FOR THE FUN OF IT!)
1993 THRU 2001

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

CELEBRATES 51ST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WITH BONITA
AUGUST 18

2001

WILLIAM MICHAEL BRUCE PASSES AWAY FROM STROKE ENTERS HEAVEN WITH A JOKE TO
ST. PETER AT THE PEARLY GATES
APRIL 3
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WINS LAST CHAMPIONSHIP
2001 SEASON
 
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