Chicago Bears History

Events in Sport

  • 1920-10-17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • 1922-06-24 AFPA changes name to NFL, Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears
  • 1922-10-01 Former Chicago Staleys play 1st NFL game as Chicago Bears, win 6-0

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1925-11-21 Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1925-12-06 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • 1932-12-18 Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • 1933-04-17 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1933-11-05 Chicago Bears 30 game unbeaten streak ends to Patriots (10-0)
  • 1934-08-31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
  • 1934-11-29 Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
  • 1934-12-09 NY Giants defeat Chicago Bears 30-13 for NFL championship
  • 1935-08-29 2nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0 (77,450)
  • 1938-09-18 Chicago Bears beat Green Bay Packers 2-0
  • 1938-10-09 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1940-12-10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1940-12-29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
  • 1941-08-28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 1941-12-21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • 1941-12-21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • 1942-01-04 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24
  • 1942-08-28 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 1942-12-13 Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title
  • 1943-11-14 Chic Bear Sid Luckman passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7)
  • 1943-12-26 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago
  • 1944-08-30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • 1946-12-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1946-12-16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1947-08-22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1949-12-11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • 1956-12-30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1960-08-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1961-01-14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 1961-08-05 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • 1961-09-17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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1961-09-17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1963-12-29 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965-12-12 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1975-11-23 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1982-09-19 New Orleans Saints 1st road shutout victory beating Chicago Bears 10-0
  • 1983-09-18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • 1985-01-06 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 23-0

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1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1986-01-12 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
  • 1986-01-26 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1987-08-03 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1989-01-08 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3
  • 2007-01-21 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints 39-14

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2007-02-04 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1894-12-28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)

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1895-02-02 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1896-12-06 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1898-11-30 Roy "Link" Lyman, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)

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1903-06-13 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

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1908-11-03 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, NFL end (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1912-03-03 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1919-11-10 Clyde "Bulldog" Turner, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1925-01-01 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams)
  • 1931-07-04 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)

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1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1954-06-11 Gary Fencik, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)

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1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1959-08-21 Jim McMahon, NFL QB (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-10-09 Mike Singletary, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1960-09-05 Willie Gault, bob sledder/NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders)
  • 1962-07-24 Kevin Butler, NFL kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1962-12-16 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1964-11-06 Erik Kramer, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1964-11-26 Jeff Jaeger, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears)
  • 1965-06-11 Joe Cain, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965-07-03 Vinson Smith, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-01-06 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-04-16 Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-05-19 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-08-07 Tony Stargell, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-09-03 Pat Eilers, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-09-28 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-11-21 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966-12-01 Steve Walsh, St. Paul Minnesota, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1967-01-01 Andy Heck, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawk, Chicago Bears)
  • 1967-02-20 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1967-03-16 John Mangum, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967-06-06 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-10-25 Anthony Johnson, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968-02-17 Bryan Cox, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1968-02-27 Ron Cox, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1968-03-07 Ricky Proehl, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1968-03-29 James Williams, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1968-04-28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-02-14 Jeff Graham, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets)
  • 1969-03-13 Chris Zorich, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969-04-07 Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969-06-18 Jay Leeuwenburg, NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969-06-26 Troy Auzenne, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969-12-17 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-01-14 Tyrone Hughes, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-01-28 Barry Minter, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-02-19 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-03-02 Kevin Miniefield, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-03-19 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-03-20 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-04-18 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-06-01 Shane Matthews, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-06-05 Todd Burger, guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-06-19 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-08-09 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970-09-09 Mike Faulkerson, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-09-10 Robert Green, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-09-16 Anthony Marshall, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-09-17 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-10-20 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-11-05 Ryan Wetnight, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-11-28 Todd Perry, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-12-23 Raymont Harris, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-01-05 Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1971-01-06 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-03-13 Curtis Conway, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-04-20 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-04-22 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-04-27 James Burton, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-05-26 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-08-27 Jim Flanigan, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-04 John Thierry, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-17 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-27 Alonzo Spellman, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-28 Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chicago Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971-12-15 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971-12-17 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-12-23 Steve Stenstrom, quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-12-25 Marlon Forbes, safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-01-23 Anthony Peterson, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers)
  • 1972-01-26 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-02-25 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-02-29 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-03-08 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972-04-01 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972-06-02 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-08-14 Evan Pilgrim, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-08-23 Tony Carter, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-10-22 Tyrone Williams, WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Rhein Fire)
  • 1972-11-11 Jack Jackson, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1973-01-04 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears)

Weddings in Sport

  • 2013-06-08 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport


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1983-10-31 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1997-09-23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 85