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 - Illinois militia fight small force of Native Americans
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 in 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
  • 1879-01-22 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.

PGA Championship

1925-09-26 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen defeats Bill Mehlhorn, 6 & 5 in the final; 3rd PGA crown overall, and 7th of his 11 major titles

  • 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 Wenona Mustangs beat Toluca Wildcats in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes, 26-22
  • 1934-11-07 Arthur L. Mitchell, becomes first African American Democratic US congressman (Illinois)
  • 1937-03-24 Bus carrying a roller skater troupe to Cincinnati from St.Louis crashes into a bridge abutment in Salem, Illinois, killing 21 people
  • 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
  • 1951-07-13 Great Flood: 2.000,000 acres in Kansas and Missouri in central US are flooded from rain swollen Missouri and Kansas Rivers
  • 1952-01-01 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7

Sports History

1953-01-19 American track and field olympian Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

  • 1954-07-14 117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • 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

Music History

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

Murder of Interest

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

  • 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
  • 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; Tar Heels' 4th national championship
  • 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.

Historic Event

2008-12-09 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

  • 2009-01-29 Rod Blagojevich, 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
  • 2019-01-29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi
  • 2019-02-15 A fired employee opens fire at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, killing five and injuring six

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1774-09-26 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 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)
  • 1817-09-13 John M. Palmer, American politician (U.S. Senator from Illinois) and American Civil War General (Union), born in Eagle Creek, Kentucky (d. 1900)
  • 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)

Wild Bill Hickok

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

  • 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)

Charles 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), diplomat, businessman, and 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-Canadian railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1847-05-25 John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American evangelist (founded the city of Zion, Illinois), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1907)

Wyatt Earp

1848-03-19 Wyatt Earp, American frontiersman and marshal who participated in the gunfight at the OK Corral, born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1929)

  • 1850-09-02 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods 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)
  • 1856-06-19 Elbert Hubbard, American editor, publisher and author (Message to Garcia), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1857-07-14 Frederick Louis Maytag, American businessman, head of Maytag, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1937)
  • 1857-09-10 James Edward Keeler, American astronomer (rings of Saturn), born in La Salle, Illinois (d. 1900)
  • 1859-02-14 George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer and inventor (Ferris Wheel), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 1896)

William Jennings Bryan

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

  • 1860-04-29 Lorado Taft, American sculptor (Black Hawk), born in Elmwood, Illinois (d. 1936)

Jane Addams

1860-09-06 Jane Addams, American pacifist, social activist, feminist, author, co-founder of ACLU (Nobel Prize for Peace, 1931), born in Cedarville, Illinois (d. 1935) [1]

  • 1861-12-15 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1862-04-30 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 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)
  • 1865-04-28 Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 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)
  • 1865-11-26 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1916)

Henry Bacon

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

  • 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)

Robert 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)
  • 1871-03-20 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 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)
  • 1873-09-20 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • 1878-01-06 Carl Sandburg, American poet & biographer of Lincoln (The People, Yes), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1878-05-30 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1933)
  • 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, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann, born in Arcola, Illinois (d. 1939)
  • 1881-08-06 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 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 57–17–7), born in Paw Paw, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1884-09-21 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1884-10-09 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 1937)
  • 1884-10-15 Archibald Hoxsey, American pioneer aviator (worked for the Wright brothers), born in Staunton, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • 1885-10-02 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1887-11-28 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 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)
  • 1891-10-02 H. V. Porter, American basketball coach and administrator (created fan-shaped backboard; moulded basketball, rules films), born in Manito, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1891-11-12 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois

Archibald MacLeish

1892-05-07 Archibald MacLeish, American poet (Conquistador) and playwright (J.B.), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)

  • 1893-08-25 H. Trendley Dean, American dental surgeon who introduced fluoridation into water, born in Winstanley Park, 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)
  • 1894-06-13 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), born in Hope, Vermilion County, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1894-06-20 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist and pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1895-10-17 Doris Humphrey, American 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)
  • 1896-05-28 Warren Giles, American Baseball HOF executive (President National League 1951-69; GM Cincinnati Reds 1937–51), born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 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, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1899-01-26 Wyllis Cooper, American TV narrator (Volume One), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1955)

Ernest Hemingway

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

Adlai Stevenson II

1900-02-05 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

  • 1900-04-23 Jim Bottomley, American Baseball HOF first baseman (MLB all-time single game RBI record [12] 1924; World Series 1926, 31; NL MVP & NL HR leader 1928; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 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)

Ray 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)

Red Grange

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

  • 1904-05-03 Red Ruffing, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1932, 36–39, 41; NY Yankees), 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 [Irene] Ireene Wicker, American singer and actress (Singing Lady), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Eddie Albert

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

Mary Astor

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


Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

1842-11-04 American socialite Mary Todd (23) weds Illinois Congressman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois

Mike Wallace

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

Neil Armstrong

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

Martin Scorsese

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

R. Kelly

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

Roger Goodell

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

  • 2006-05-29 "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois; divorce in 2012
  • 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

Vince Vaughn

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1845-03-18 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 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
  • 1900-09-25 John M. Palmer, American politician (U.S. Senator from Illinois) and American Civil War General (Union), dies at 83
  • 1902-03-12 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage, while delivering a speech, at 54
  • 1907-03-09 John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American evangelist (founded the city of Zion, Illinois), dies at 59
  • 1955-11-14 Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59

Adlai Stevenson II

1965-07-14 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), dies at 65

  • 1992-02-13 Dorothy Tree [Triebitz], American actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Confessions Of A Nazi Spy; The Asphalt Jungle), dies of heart failure at 85

ExecutionJohn Wayne Gacy

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

  • 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, American politician (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), dies at 75
  • 2007-11-29 Henry Hyde, American politician (Rep (R) Illinois (1975-2007), dies at 83
  • 2018-05-25 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82