Minneapolis lawyer Joseph Robbie meets AFL Commissioner Joe Foss in Washington, and Foss advises Robbie to apply for an expansion franchise in Miami.
Joseph Robbie meets Miami Mayor Robert King High to ascertain the availability of the Orange Bowl stadium, and the mayor agrees to invite the AFL to Miami.
AFL Executive Committee votes to expand in 1966 at a meeting in Monmouth Park, N.J.
AFL awards its first expansion franchise to Joseph Robbie and television star Danny Thomas for $7.5 million.
Miami picks Kentucky QB Rick Norton and Illinois RB Jim Grabowski in first round of AFL's college draft. Tulsa WR Howard Twilley is selected in 12th round.
Miami Dolphins, Ltd. organizes as a Florida limited partnership. Joseph Robbie becomes Managing General Partner and Danny Thomas Sports, Inc., becomes the other general partner.
Miami picks 31 players from eight teams in AFL expansion draft. One of the draftees, T Norm Evans of Houston, would play 10 seasons at right tackle.
George Wilson becomes first head coach after eight years coaching the Detroit Lions (57-46-6 and NFL champions in 1957) and one year as a Washington assistant.
AFL merges into NFL with Pete Rozelle as commissioner. An AFL-NFL championship game is scheduled for the next January followed by a common draft.
Dolphins open first training camp at St. Petersburg Beach as 83 players report.
Training camp moves to St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Joe Auer returns opening kickoff 95 yards for Dolphin TD in first regular-season game, but Oakland wins, 23-14, at Orange Bowl before 26,776 spectators.
Dolphins end string of nine losses (four in pre-season) by defeating Denver,
24-7, for the first win in franchise history.
Miami earns the club's first road win with a 20-13 decision over Houston at
Miami picks Purdue QB Bob Griese in first round of common draft. Griese is the fourth player selected.
Joseph Robbie and W. H. Keland purchase the interest of Danny Thomas and agree to equalize present holdings in Miami Dolphins, Ltd., whenever either acquires outside holdings.
Record crowd of 50,822 sees first interleague game, which Atlanta wins, 27-17.
QB John Stofa breaks his right ankle shortly after scoring a TD, and rookie Bob Griese directs 35-21 victory over Denver at Orange Bowl. RB Abner Haynes gains 151 yards in season opener. Griese throws 68-yard TD pass to Joe Auer.
Dolphins end eight-game losing streak by defeating Buffalo, 17-14, on a fourth-down, 31-yard TD pass from Bob Griese to Howard Twilley with 1:01 remaining.
Miami picks Syracuse FB Larry Csonka in first round of draft. Csonka is the eighth player selected.
Dolphins gain first interleague victory, 23-7 over Philadelphia at Orange Bowl.
AFL-record crowd of 68,125 at Orange Bowl sees Coach Don Shula's Baltimore Colts
win interleague game, 22-13.
Rookie strong safety Dick Anderson returns interception 96 yards for TD in 34-10 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.
QB Bob Griese sets then-club records with 2,473 yards, 186 completions and 21 TDs for season after directing 38-7 victory over Boston at Orange Bowl. Griese misses final game due to bruised knee.
Miami obtains all-time AFL middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti from Boston in
trade for QB Kim Hammond and LB John Bramlett.
Pro football realignment for 1970 places Dolphins in AFC East with Boston, Buffalo, New York Jets and NFL's Baltimore.
Joseph Robbie becomes majority owner of Dolphins when he is joined by five Miami businessmen in purchasing the interest of W. H. Keland.
Miami obtains G Larry Little, a native of Miami, from San Diego in trade for CB Mack Lamb.
QB Bob Griese passes for a then-record 327 yards and rookie Mercury Morris returns kickoff 105 yards for TD, but Dolphins lose season opener, 27-21 at Cincinnati.
Dolphins notch first victory after 0-4-1 start as LB Nick Buoniconti helps restrict rookie O.J. Simpson to 12 yards on 10 carries. Miami wins 24-6 over Buffalo at Orange Bowl.
Only 8,374 spectators brave a downpour at Boston College and FB Larry Csonka splashes 54 yards for TD in 17-16 victory over Patriots. QB Bob Griese injures right knee, putting him out for final five games.
Miami obtains WR Paul Warfield from Cleveland in trade for 1970 first-round draft pick.
Don Shula, 40, becomes head coach and vice president after seven years coaching the Baltimore Colts (71-23-4). He succeeds George Wilson, who coached the Dolphins for four years (15-39-2).
Dolphins join scouting combine BLESTO-V.
NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle gives the Dolphins' 1971 first-round draft pick to Baltimore as compensation for loss of Don Shula.
Don Shula completes coaching staff with Mike Scarry (defensive line), Monte Clark (offensive line), Bill Arnsparger (defensive coordinator), Howard Schnellenberger (offensive coordinator), Carl Taseff (offensive backs) and holdover Tom Keane (defensive backs).
Don Shula meets 47 players for indoctrination camp at University of Miami.
Rookies report to new training headquarters at Biscayne College in North Miami.
Record crowd of 76,712 sees fourth consecutive pre-season victory, 20-13 over Baltimore.
Dolphins post first-ever victory over Oakland, 20-13, as WR Paul Warfield catches two TD passes.
Dolphins post first-ever victory over New York Jets, 20-6, and QB Joe Namath (93-161 for 1,506 yards and 12 TDs in eight previous meetings), 20-6.
Dolphins extend winning streak to six games and clinch playoff berth with 45-7
victory over Buffalo at Orange Bowl.
Dolphins drop a 21-14 decision to the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alamedia
County Colesium in the club's first-ever playoff game.