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
  • 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
Golfer
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
  • 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
  • 1951-08-11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • 1952-01-01 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7

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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)
  • 1957-06-14 42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

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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
  • 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
  • 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 1990 NFL Draft: Jeff George from University of Illinois 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 39th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, U.S
  • 2013-01-01 79th Orange Bowl: #13 Florida State beats #16 Northern Illinois, 31-10
  • 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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  • 1813-10-12 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)

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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)

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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 Cham Mattoon Illinois, American Geologist and educator, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1843-11-27 William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 1899)

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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)
  • 1854-10-26 C. W. Post, American manufacturer of breakfast cereals, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1914)

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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

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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)

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

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
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)

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

  • 1869-10-08 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1879-10-04 Edward Murray East, Du Quoin Illinois, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn
  • 1880-12-24 Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • 1883-11-08 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Hotel Continental), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1884-10-09 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 1937)
  • 1887-12-09 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 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
  • 1893-08-25 Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher, born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 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, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
  • 1896-09-04 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1896-11-04 Ian Wolfe, American actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors, Houdini, THX-1138, Homebodies), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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

  • 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)

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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

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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
  • 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)

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

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

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
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)
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-08-30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 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)

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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)
  • 1913-01-02 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1913-07-08 Walter Kerr, American actor and drama critic (Sad Clowns), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1916-09-12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1917-04-13 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1917-07-16 William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1917-08-23 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1917-12-22 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1918-03-17 Mercedes McCambridge, actress (All the King's Men), born in Joliet, Illinois

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1918-04-17 William Holden, American actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

  • 1918-12-20 Audrey Totter, actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1920-03-17 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1920-04-20 John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
  • 1920-08-22 Ray Bradbury, American sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2012)

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1921-02-04 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • 1921-11-06 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)

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1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham

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1922-01-17 Betty White, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1922-04-18 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), born in DeKalb, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1922-06-04 Irwin Bazelon, composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1922-09-01 Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)
  • 1923-05-04 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)

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1923-10-04 Charlton Heston, actor (10 Commandments, Ben-Hur, Planet of Apes), (d. 2008), born in Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1924-05-31 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)

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1924-06-18 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924-10-17 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] Rockabilly musician, born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926-05-19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)

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1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1926-09-17 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1927-11-14 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), born in Normal, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1928-03-10 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1928-08-22 John Lupton, American actor (Tom-Broken Arrow), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1928-11-15 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)

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1929-09-05 Bob Newhart, comedian (Bob Newhart Show, Newhart), born in Oak Park, Illinois

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • 1929-12-14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1930-09-19 Bullett Bob Turley, Troy, Illinois, MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), (d. 2013)
  • 1931-02-16 George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1931-02-26 Robert D Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • 1931-08-16 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1931-09-24 Cardiss Collins, (Rep-D-Illinois, 1973-97), (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


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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
Newscaster
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

  • 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
  • 1992-02-12 Dorothy Tree, actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies

BattleExecution

1994-05-10 John Wayne Gacy, mass murderer, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 2003-12-09 Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)