Chicago in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 301

  • 1920-10-10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • 1922-05-01 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game
  • 1924-03-28 WGN-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-11 WLS-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-12 WLS-AM in Chicago begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-19 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • 1924-11-10 Dion O'Banion, leader of the North Side Gang is assassinated in his flower shop by members of Johnny Torrio's gang, sparking the bloody gang war of the 1920s in Chicago.
  • 1925-04-18 World's Fair opens in Chicago
  • 1927-01-21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
  • 1927-05-14 The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity.

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1927-08-16 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1928-03-19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)

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1929-02-14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1929-07-28 Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Mich)
  • 1929-08-21 Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
  • 1929-12-16 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • 1930-03-07 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1930-05-10 1st US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago)
  • 1930-06-09 Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.
  • 1931-04-09 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Mont Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
  • 1931-04-14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 3 games to 2

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1932-07-01 NY Gov FDR nominated for president at Democratic Convention in Chicago

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1932-10-01 World Series moves to Chicago, In 5th inning, Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes, points & hits next pitch into center field bleachers
  • 1933-05-18 1st major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park It will be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair
  • 1933-05-27 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
  • 1933-06-01 Century of Progress world's fair opens in Chicago
  • 1933-07-06 1st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Babe Ruth hits first All Star home run
  • 1934-04-10 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
  • 1934-05-26 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
  • 1934-07-22 Outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre, "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger is mortally wounded by FBI agents.
  • 1934-12-03 KYW-AM in Chicago Ill moves to Philadelphia Penn
  • 1935-01-19 Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs in Chicago, calls it the "Jockey"
  • 1935-03-05 1st premature baby health law in US (Chicago)
  • 1935-08-13 Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum)
  • 1935-12-09 1st Heisman Trophy Award: Jay Berwanger, Chicago (HB)
  • 1936-02-08 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1936-02-14 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • 1937-03-15 1st blood bank forms (Chicago IL)
  • 1937-05-30 Memorial Day Massacre - Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
  • 1937-05-30 Police kill 10 strikers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago
  • 1938-04-12 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1938-07-31 NY Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"

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1938-10-09 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • 1938-12-09 1939 NFL Draft: Ki Aldrich from TCU first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1939-11-04 First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-12-02 NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
  • 1939-12-09 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1940-06-19 "Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
  • 1940-11-07 Stravinsky's Symfonie in C premieres in Chicago

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1940-12-16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1941-04-03 Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
  • 1941-10-27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • 1942-03-01 J Milton Cage Jr's "Imaginary Landscape No 3" premieres in Chicago
  • 1942-03-19 Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago
  • 1942-11-03 William L Dawson elected to Congress from Chicago

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1942-12-02 World’s 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurs in Chicagi Pile-1 (world's 1st nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, overseen by Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1943-01-29 U.S. cruiser "Chicago" is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island
  • 1943-01-30 USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean
  • 1943-03-19 Frank Nitti, the Chicago Outfit Boss after Al Capone, commits suicide at the Chicago Central Railyard.
  • 1943-10-16 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens city's new subway system
  • 1944-03-18 2,500 women trample guards & floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago Illinois dept store
  • 1944-04-13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games
  • 1944-07-17 2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322
  • 1944-07-19 Democratic convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1944-12-07 Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago

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1944-12-26 Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie" premieres in Chicago

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • 1945-04-08 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1945-08-30 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)
  • 1946-01-11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
  • 1946-06-05 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Ill)
  • 1946-10-20 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • 1946-11-12 1st "autobank" (banking by car) forms (Chicago)
  • 1946-11-12 A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.
  • 1947-04-22 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-04-05 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-09-17 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-12-19 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1949-01-31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • 1950-06-17 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • 1950-10-02 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions

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1951-02-06 Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 1952-03-23 Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1953-05-15 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1953-05-30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • 1953-09-29 1st department store to sell insurance is Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954-09-03 The German U-Boat U-505 began its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

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1955-06-05 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1955-08-31 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Ill
  • 1955-09-05 WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-02-06 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • 1956-06-28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill
  • 1956-10-01 Johnny Heckmann rides 7 winners at Chicago Hawthorne Horse track
  • 1957-12-02 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1958-03-07 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
  • 1958-08-15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1959-08-05 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto

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1960-02-29 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1960-04-12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1960-07-27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1960-09-26 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 466

  • 1914-12-14 Rosalyn Tureck, pianist (Bach & Rock), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-02-11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-02-22 Dan Seymour, actor (We the People, Sing It Again), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-04-12 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • 1915-08-19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916-01-17 Joel Herron, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916-03-31 John Vivyan, actor (Imitation of Life, Mr Lucky), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-01-16 Buddy Lester, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1917-02-11 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1917-03-13 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-10-02 William Marshall, band leader (Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-10-13 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-10-17 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-10-24 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1918-02-11 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, born in Chicago, Illinois

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1918-04-08 Betty [Bloomer] Ford, US 1st lady (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • 1918-08-15 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-09-13 Ray Charles, orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-09-14 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-12-22 Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-02-17 Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-02-17 Kathleen Freeman, actress (Beverly Hillbillies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-05-05 Tony Canadeo, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-05-20 George Gobel, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-06-14 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-07-07 William Moses Kunstler, defense attorney (Chicago 8)
  • 1919-10-18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), jazz singer , born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • 1920-04-12 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1921-01-31 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1921-07-17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • 1922-03-31 Richard Kiley, actor (Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1922-04-15 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87)
  • 1922-05-28 Barney Rosset, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1922-07-26 Jason Robards Jr, actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1922-09-28 Joe Silver, actor (Mr I Magination, Fay), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1922-12-14 Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1923-01-08 Giorgio Tozzi, basso, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1923-07-31 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1923-09-06 William Kraft, composer/percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1923-10-05 Philip Berrigan, militant priest (Chicago 7)
  • 1923-10-05 Bill Wirtz, longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner (d. 2007)
  • 1923-11-29 Frank Reynolds, E Chicago Ind, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
  • 1923-12-05 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1924-04-30 Sheldon Harnick, lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-06-07 Dolores Gray, singer/actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-06-08 George Kirby, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-06-08 Sheldon Allman, actor (Norm-Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-08-29 Dinah Washington, singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-09-21 Gail Russell, actress (Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-10-15 Mark Lenard, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-01-30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-02-12 Joan Mitchell, Chicago USA, American painter and printmaker
  • 1925-02-22 Edward Gorey, author/artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-04-08 Shecky Greene, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1925-04-11 Ethel Kennedy, American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

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1925-07-29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks), born in Renfrew, Ontario

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1925-08-11 Mike Douglas, talk show host (Mike Douglas Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-08-28 Donald O'Connor, dancer/actor (Singing in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-02-03 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-02-06 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)

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1926-04-09 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1926-07-31 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1926-09-11 Lee Richardson, actor (Sweet Lorraine, Fly 2, Tiger Warsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-09-15 Edward Derwinski, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-02-15 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1927-02-22 Donald May, actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-03-06 William J Bell, soap opera creator (Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-06-23 Bob Fosse, choreographer/director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-06-30 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-07-14 John William Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-07-27 Allen Breed, USA, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-10-01 Tom Bosley, actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-10-05 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1927-12-17 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1927-12-27 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1928-04-02 Joseph "Cardinal" Bernardin, of Chicago

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1928-04-06 James Watson, American chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • 1928-12-15 Jimmy Nelson, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928-12-16 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-01-20 Arte Johnson, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-05-19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • 1929-06-10 James McDivitt, Brig Gen USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4, Apollo 9), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-09-11 David S Broder, Chicago Hgts Ill, journalist (Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1929-10-05 Skip Homeier, actor (Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-11-01 Betsy Palmer, actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1929-11-11 LaVern Baker, R&B vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-04-11 Anton LaVey, Chicago Illinois, American founder of the Church of Satan
  • 1930-07-09 Buddy Bregman, orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln, actress/singer (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-12-18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931-01-22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-05-23 Barbara Barrie, actress (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-06-14 Marla Gibbs, actress (Florence-Jeffersons, Mary-227), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-08-21 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1931-09-04 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-09-29 James Cronin, nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-03-31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-04-22 Michael Colgrass, composer (Best Wishes), born in Chicago, Illinois

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