Illinois in History

Historical Events

  • 1805-06-05 1st recorded tornado in "Tornado Alley" (Southern Illinois)
  • 1809-02-03 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)
  • 1810-03-06 Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US
  • 1818-12-03 Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)
  • 1832-06-16 Battle of Kellogg's Grove, Illinois
  • 1832-08-02 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US
  • 1837-11-07 In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
  • 1841-04-06 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • 1846-02-04 Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for settlement in the west
  • 1850-05-27 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado

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1854-10-04 Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1855-04-21 1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa
  • 1858-06-16 Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate
  • 1858-08-21 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • 1866-04-06 Grand Army of the Republic forms in Decatur, Illinois, by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson
  • 1868-03-02 University of Illinois opens

  • 1872-03-22 Illinois becomes 1st state to require sexual equality in employment
  • 1879-01-02 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois
  • 1879-01-22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • 1887-08-10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
  • 1892-02-02 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • 1908-08-14 Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • 1909-11-13 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois
  • 1912-11-25 American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Illinois
  • 1917-05-27 Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
  • 1917-07-01 Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)
  • 1918-06-22 Circus train rammed by troop train kills 68 (Ivanhoe, Illinois)
  • 1922-06-22 Herrin massacre, 19 strikebreakers and 2 union miners are killed in Herrin, Illinois.

Sport awardGolf Major

1925-09-26 8th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen wins at Olympia Fields, Illinois

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1926-11-12 The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers
  • 1927-01-07 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois
  • 1927-05-04 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
  • 1930-01-22 -35°F (-37°C), Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)
  • 1930-02-15 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
  • 1934-11-07 Arthur L. Mitchell, becomes first African American Democratic US congressman (Illinois)
  • 1937-03-24 Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)
  • 1938-10-15 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • 1942-06-05 An explosion at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant kills 48 people
  • 1946-04-25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • 1947-01-01 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • 1949-04-05 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed

  • 1951-07-12 Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero, Illinois
  • 1951-08-11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • 1952-01-01 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-01-19 Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1954-07-14 117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

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1955-04-15 Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1955-06-27 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)
  • 1955-08-01 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-06-14 42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-09-05 A. J. Foyt wins the first of 67 Indy car victories at Du Quoin, Illinois. State Fairgrounds

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1963-08-01 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-01-01 50th Rose Bowl: #3 Illinois beats Washington, 17-7
  • 1966-08-27 Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1967-07-17 Race riots in Cairo Illinois
  • 1969-09-23 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead
  • 1970-12-15 Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.
  • 1971-01-06 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate
  • 1972-09-15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • 1973-04-09 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
  • 1977-11-02 Microbiologist Carl R. Woese and scientists from the University of Illinois announce the identification of methanogens, a form of microbial life (Archaea) dating back some 3.5 billion years
  • 1978-06-22 Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois

MurderMurder of Interest

1978-12-21 Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1980-02-06 John Wayne Gacy goes on trial for the murder of 33 young men in Cook County, Illinois
  • 1980-03-13 American John Wayne Gacy receives the death sentence in Illinois for the murder of 12 people
  • 1983-10-22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.
  • 1984-01-02 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • 1985-08-31 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
  • 1985-09-22 Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1989-04-15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • 1990-04-22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1990-07-14 Sara Martin, of Illinois, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1990-08-28 F5 strength tornado hits Plainfield, Illinois, killing 29 and injuring 353
  • 1993-11-29 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1994-01-02 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • 1997-10-04 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1997-10-30 Shirley Allen, 51, held Illinois police off for 39 days captured
  • 2002-01-01 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
  • 2005-04-04 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
  • 2008-01-01 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • 2008-02-14 Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.

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2008-12-09 The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2009-01-29 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • 2012-09-30 Ryder Cup Golf, Medinah CC: Europe retains Cup 14½-13½; win 8 and tie 1 of the 12 singles matches after trailing 10-6
  • 2013-01-01 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10
  • 2013-09-13 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 59 in the 2nd round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the 6th player to shoot sub-60 in a PGA Tour event
  • 2017-07-06 Illinois State Senate votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto to approve 1st budget in more than two years, longest-lasting such dispute of any state

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1813-04-23 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), born in Brandon, Vermont (d. 1861)
  • 1813-10-12 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), born in Colchester, Connecticut (d. 1896)
  • 1823-07-18 Leonard Fulton Ross, American lawyer, probate judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lewistown, Illinois (d. 1901)
  • 1826-02-09 John Alexander Logan, American political leader and Major General (Union Army), born in Murphysboro, Illinois (d. 1886)
  • 1827-02-22 James Barnet Fry, American historian and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Carrollton, Illinois (d. 1894)
  • 1829-11-24 William Passmore Carlin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greene County, Illinois (d. 1903)
  • 1829-12-03 Green Berry Raum, American lawyer, politician, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Golconda, Illinois (d. 1909)

Person of interestWild Bill Hickok

1837-05-27 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois (d. 1876)

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • 1837-06-26 Martin Davis Hardin II, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1923)
  • 1837-09-02 James Harrison Wilson, American topographic engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Shawneetown, Illinois (d. 1925)

Person of interestCharles J. Guiteau

1841-09-08 Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of US President James A. Garfield, born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 1882)

  • 1843-08-01 Robert Todd Lincoln, American politician, lawyer, Captain (Union Army), son of President Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1926)
  • 1843-09-25 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American geologist and educator, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1928)
  • 1843-11-27 William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 1899)

Person of interestWyatt Earp

1848-03-19 Wyatt Earp, American sheriff (OK Corral), born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1929)

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
  • 1850-09-02 Albert Spalding, American baseball player, founder of Spalding sports company, born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1853-04-04 Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1871)
  • 1854-10-26 C. W. Post, American manufacturer of breakfast cereals, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1859-02-14 George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer and inventor (Ferris Wheel), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 1896)

Person of interestWilliam Jennings Bryan

1860-03-19 William Jennings Bryan, American orator and statesman known as "The Great Commoner", born in Salem, Illinois (d. 1925)

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan

Person of interestJane Addams

1860-09-06 Jane Addams, American pacifist, social worker and feminist (Nobel 1931), born in Cedarville, Illinois (d. 1935)

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • 1861-12-15 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1863-06-29 James Harvey Robinson, American historian (Ordeal of Civilization), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1936)
  • 1865-03-08 Frederick William Goudy, American printer and type designer, born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1865-06-29 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), born in Fairfield, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1865-08-27 James Henry Breasted, American Egyptologist and anthropologist, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 1935)

Person of interestHenry Bacon

1866-11-28 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1924)

Architect Henry Bacon
Henry Bacon
  • 1867-04-24 Fannie Thomas, American who became the oldest known American at her death (113 years 273 days at death), born in Denver, Illinois (d. 1981)

Person of interestRobert A. Millikan

1868-03-22 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (photoelectric effect; Nobel 1923), born in Morrison, Illinois (d. 1953)

  • 1868-04-25 John Bevins Moisant, American pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him, born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • 1868-05-24 Charles E. Taylor, American first aircraft maintenance professional, born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1869-10-08 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1869-12-26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, born in Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1871-03-19 Joseph McGinnity, baseball pitcher (NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1871-04-09 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1871-08-03 Vernon Louis Parrington, American author (Romantic Revolution, Pulitzer 1928), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1879-10-04 Edward Murray East, American botanist and geneticist who developed hybrid corn, born in Du Quoin, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1879-11-10 Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, American poet (Gen William Booth enters Heaven), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • 1880-06-29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1880-12-24 Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • 1882-09-10 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1883-11-08 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Hotel Continental), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1883-12-10 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), born in Paw Paw, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1884-10-09 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 1937)
  • 1887-11-28 Bobby Watson, [Knucher], comedian, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1887-12-09 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1888-11-15 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1889-07-09 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, born in Bourbonnais, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1890-09-06 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1891-11-12 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1892-05-07 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and poet (Conquistador), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1893-08-25 Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher, born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1893-11-13 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), born in Hume, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1893-11-24 Fern Andra [Vernal Edna Andrews], German-American actress (Eyes of the World), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1894-06-20 Lloyd A Hall, Illinois, pioneer in food chemistry
  • 1895-10-17 Doris Humphrey, dancer (Dances of Women), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1896-04-04 Robert Sherwood, American dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1896-11-04 Ian Wolfe, American actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors, Houdini, THX-1138, Homebodies), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1896-11-16 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1897-02-20 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • 1897-08-28 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1897-12-13 Drew Pearson, newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1898-04-04 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1898-04-15 Marian Jordan, American actress, radio comedienne (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1898-06-30 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 1985)

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

1899-07-21 Ernest Hemingway, American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

Person of interestAdlai Stevenson II

1900-02-05 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, US ambassador to UN (1961-65), Governor of Illinois (1949-53) and Democratic presidential candidate (1952, 56), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

US Politician and Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson II
US Politician and Presidential Candidate
Adlai Stevenson II
  • 1900-04-23 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1900-05-02 Helen Morgan, American singer and actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1900-08-02 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1902-07-28 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Dead Reckoning), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

Person of interestRay Kroc

1902-10-05 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

Person of interestRed Grange

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

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 1904-05-03 Red Ruffing, NY Yankee pitcher, hitter (1930-46), born in Granville, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1904-12-09 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1905-01-01 Charles Melvin Price, East St. Louis, Illinois, a longtime member of the US House of Representatives
  • 1905-02-12 Harry Bellaver, American actor (Another World, Naked City), born in Hillsboro, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1905-11-24 Ireene Wicker, American singer and actress (Singing Lady), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Person of interestEddie Albert

1906-04-22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

Person of interestMary Astor

1906-05-03 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor
  • 1907-03-02 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), born in Rantoul, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907-03-15 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1908-02-17 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-04-02 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1908-06-28 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive and presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, born in Streator, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1908-08-30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1909-02-28 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), born in La Harpe, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1909-06-14 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910-01-05 Hugh Brannum, American actor (Make Room for Daddy, The Fred Waring Show), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910-02-10 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1910-08-25 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1910-10-09 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), born in River Forest, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1910-10-12 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1985)

Person of interestRonald Reagan

1911-02-06 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1911-08-23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1912-05-03 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1912-08-30 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1913-01-02 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1842-11-04 U.S. first lady Mary Todd Lincoln (23) weds US President Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-03-11 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-01-28 Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

1975-12-30 Director Martin Scorsese (33) weds teacher and author Julia Cameron (27) in Libertyville, Illinois

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-08-30 R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-10-25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 2006-05-29 "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois
  • 2008-12-31 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-01-02 Actor Vince Vaughn (39) weds realtor Kyla Weber in Lake Forest, Illinois

  • 2014-08-31 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • 1861-06-03 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), dies at 48
  • 1881-09-22 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • 1896-06-25 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), dies at 82
  • 1902-03-12 John Peter Altgeld, German/US governor of Illinois, dies at 54
  • 1955-11-14 Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59

Person of interestAdlai Stevenson II

1965-07-14 Adlai Stevenson II, US ambassador to UN (1961-65), Governor of Illinois (1949-53) and Democratic presidential candidate (1952, 56), dies at 65

US Politician and Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson II
US Politician and Presidential Candidate
Adlai Stevenson II
  • 1992-02-12 Dorothy Tree, actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies

Person of interestJohn Wayne Gacy

1994-05-10 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 2000-10-05 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), dies at 91
  • 2003-12-09 Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)
  • 2018-05-25 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82