Chicago in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 356

  • 1674-12-04 Father Marquette builds first dwelling in what is now Chicago
  • 1772-06-06 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles in Chicago
  • 1773-03-12 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable found settlement now known as Chicago
  • 1830-08-04 Plans for city of Chicago laid out
  • 1833-08-10 Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200
  • 1833-08-12 The town of Chicago is incorporated (population 350)
  • 1835-08-18 Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago
  • 1837-03-04 Chicago becomes incorporated as a city
  • 1847-06-10 Chicago Tribune begins publishing
  • 1848-06-10 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago
  • 1851-01-28 Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1860-05-16 -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1865-04-20 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
  • 1866-11-30 Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel in Chicago
  • 1866-12-06 Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
  • 1868-05-20 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant

  • 1869-06-08 Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents the 1st vacuum cleaner, calls it a "sweeping machine"
  • 1870-06-30 Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern)
  • 1871-10-07 16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago's 185 firefighters
  • 1871-10-08 Great Fire of Chicago kills 200 people and destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of buildings and the original Emancipation Proclamation

USAGreat Chicago Fire

1871-10-10 The Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, leaving approximately 300 dead, 100,000 homeless, and costing $222m in damage

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A depiction of the Great Chicago Fire which lasted from October 8 to October 10, 1871
A depiction of the Great Chicago Fire which lasted from October 8 to October 10, 1871
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  • 1871-10-30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1873-01-11 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago
  • 1875-05-12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1879-08-12 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • 1881-09-18 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment

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1882-05-20 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1882-10-06 1st World Series Baseball Game 1: Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA) beat Chicago White Stockings (NL), 4-0 at Bank Street Grounds, Cincinnati
  • 1883-03-24 1st telephone call between NY & Chicago
  • 1883-06-02 Chicago's "El" opens to traffic
  • 1884-05-01 Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • 1886-05-04 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • 1886-10-23 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, St. Louis: St.L Browns edge Chicago White Stockings, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 6 to take series, 4-2
  • 1887-11-30 1st indoor softball game in Chicago

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1888-06-25 Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

  • 1888-10-20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ

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1889-01-23 Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago

Heart Surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart Surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1889-04-01 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
  • 1889-05-01 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • 1889-11-17 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco

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1889-12-09 US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, then largest building in the US

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

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1890-01-25 National Afro-American League founded in Chicago by Timothy Thomas Fortune, one of earliest civil rights organizations in America

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • 1890-06-09 Comic opera "Robin Hood" by Reginald De Koven, Harry B. Smith, and Clement Scott premieres in Chicago

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1890-08-06 Future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young throws 3-hit ball in his MLB debut for the Cleveland Spiders in 8-1 win vs Chicago Colts

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1891-04-01 The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1892-06-06 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (1st 3.6 miles)
  • 1892-10-01 University of Chicago opens
  • 1892-10-18 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)
  • 1893-01-01 1st US college extension courses for credit, University of Chicago
  • 1893-01-02 World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago [or 0501]
  • 1893-05-01 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
  • 1893-05-31 Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)
  • 1893-06-21 1st Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago's Columbian Exposition)
  • 1893-07-24 For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
  • 1893-09-11 Shaku Soen is 1st Zen teacher to visit the West (Chicago)
  • 1893-09-11 First conference of the World Parliament of Religions is held in Chicago, Indian monk Swani Vivekananda gives influential speech
  • 1894-01-08 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
  • 1894-01-27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1894-07-06 Cleveland sends 2,000 troops to Chicago to suppress Pullman strike
  • 1894-07-20 2000 fed troops recalled from Chicago, having ended Pullman strike
  • 1894-12-25 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football
  • 1895-02-04 1st rolling lift bridge opens in Chicago
  • 1895-11-02 First organised auto race in the United States is run in Chicago; 6 cars race over 52-mile lakefront course; 2 finish because of blizzard conditions

Car1st Car Race in America

1895-11-28 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" - Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH

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The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea
The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea
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  • 1896-01-18 First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1896-07-08 William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democratic convention in Chicago

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1896-07-13 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
  • 1896-11-26 1st large indoor football game, University of Chicago beats University of Michigan 7-6
  • 1896-11-26 Amos Alonzo Stagg of University of Chicago creates American football huddle
  • 1897-06-29 Chicago Colts establish MLB record for most runs scored in a game by one team as they maul Louisville Colonels, 36 - 7 at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • 1897-10-21 Yerkes Observatory of University of Chicago is dedicated
  • 1898-06-07 Social Democracy of America party holds 1st national convention, Chicago
  • 1899-02-20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • 1900-03-16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 1900-05-17 "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago
  • 1900-07-07 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans
  • 1901-04-24 The Chicago White Stockings win against the Cleveland Blues in the 1st game played in baseball's American League
  • 1901-04-24 1st AL game, Chicago beats Cleveland Blues 8-2, 3 other games rained out
  • 1902-01-08 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 1902-03-04 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • 1902-06-16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1903-12-30 Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history
  • 1904-01-28 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • 1904-01-29 1st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team)
  • 1905-01-17 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago
  • 1905-02-23 First Rotary Club formed by 4 men in the Unity Building, Chicago
  • 1905-05-05 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
  • 1905-06-11 Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)
  • 1906-08-15 1st freight delivery tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago
  • 1908-05-21 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago

<b>Republican</b> PartyRepublican Party

1908-06-16 The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Theodore Roosevelt picks William Howard Taft as his successor

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1910-04-20 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
  • 1913-12-29 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-12-04 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales; Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1915-05-25 Chicago Whales' Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh Rebels (Federal League), 10-0
  • 1915-08-07 Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the first Champ Car race ever to average over 100mph at a 100-mile race in Chicago; average speed 101.8mph
  • 1915-09-07 St Louis Terriers' Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago Whales (Federal League), 3-0
  • 1915-09-09 Association for the Study of Negro Life and History formed in Chicago by Carter G. Woodson and others. Now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 799

  • 1637-06-10 Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary explorer (Chicago), born in Laon, France (d. 1675)
  • 1801-06-15 Benjamin Raymond, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)
  • 1803-04-07 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • 1804-03-08 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1805-01-13 Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
  • 1805-06-15 William Butler Ogden, first Mayor of Chicago (d. 1877)
  • 1810-04-21 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), born in Bradford, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1811-04-21 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), born in Barre, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1819-08-25 Allan Pinkerton, American private detective and founder of Chicago detective agency, born in Glasgow (d. 1894)
  • 1823-04-06 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
  • 1846-03-07 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1909)
  • 1848-08-22 Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (Founder of Chicago Daily News), born in Hudson, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1849-06-27 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, born in Chicago (d. 1903)
  • 1850-12-09 Emma Abbott, American soprano, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1891)
  • 1855-05-08 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1857-10-24 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1894)
  • 1859-07-08 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1860-12-23 Harriet Monroe, American poet and editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1863-01-01 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • 1864-10-30 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1866-03-03 Fred A. Busse, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)
  • 1867-07-10 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1936)
  • 1868-06-29 George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (discovery of magnetic fields in sunspot), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1870-01-03 Henry Eichheim, American composer (Bali -Symphonic Variations), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1942)
  • 1870-03-05 Frank Norris, journalist and writer (McTeague, Octopus), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1902)
  • 1873-04-27 Harry O'Connor, American actor (Stranger than Fiction, The Long Lane's Turning), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1873-05-09 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), born in Kladno, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1933)
  • 1874-03-18 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 1934)
  • 1875-09-01 Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (Tarzan of the Apes, Mars Saga), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1950)
  • 1876-02-28 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)
  • 1876-09-26 Edith Abbott, American social worker and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1877-11-21 Louis Campbell-Tipton, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1921)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1880-07-30 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), born in Chicago (d. 1955)
  • 1881-05-14 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1881-07-04 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 1881-11-15 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1882-01-12 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1882-10-15 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1883-06-20 Leah Baird, American actress (Lady Gangster), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1883-12-19 [Francis] Barry Byrne, architect, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1884-03-10 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1884-08-27 Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1885-04-03 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1885-06-29 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), born in Chicago (d. 1978)
  • 1885-09-27 Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1886-04-08 Margaret Ayer Barnes, American playwright and writer (Years of Grace), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1886-10-05 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage Great Dictator), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1888-06-23 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1888-07-23 Raymond Chandler, American-British mystery novelist and screenwriter (Farewell My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; The Big Sleep), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1888-08-15 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1888-12-19 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • 1889-04-28 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1889-05-03 Beulah Bondi, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1889-12-04 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Our Miss Brooks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1890-09-06 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1890-10-24 Main Rousseau Bocher, American uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1891-03-05 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1891-04-13 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1891-08-28 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1891-11-20 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1892-07-19 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1892-10-31 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1892-12-01 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1893-01-01 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1893-06-14 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)

Person of interestJack Benny

1894-02-14 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (The Jack Benny Program), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)

Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • 1895-01-05 Jeannette Piccard, American high-altitude balloonist & Episcopal priest, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1895-03-24 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1895-09-16 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1896-01-06 Abram Nicholas Pritzker, American businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1896-01-14 John dos Passos, American novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1896-03-13 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1896-06-18 Blanche Sweet, American actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1896-07-16 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1932)
  • 1897-11-13 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1898-01-14 Helen Flint, American actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1898-05-26 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898-06-10 Virginia Valli [McSweeney], American actress (Pleasure Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 1898-06-21 Donald C. Peattie, American botanist and writer, born in Chicago (d. 1964)
  • 1898-08-29 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1898-10-07 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1898-11-29 Rod La Rocque, American actor (The Ten Commandments), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)

Person of interestAl Capone

1899-01-17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1899-02-23 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)

Person of interestGloria Swanson

1899-03-27 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly) and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • 1899-05-20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1899-10-19 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1900-06-14 June Walker, American stage actress (War Nurse, Unforgiven), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1900-08-08 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1900-08-25 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, born in Chicago (d. 1995)
  • 1900-09-08 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1900-10-22 Edward Stettinius Jr. 48th US Secretary of State (1944-45) and diplomat, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1949)
  • 1901-01-09 Chic Young, American cartoonist (Blondie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1901-04-09 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack, Little Kaintuck), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1901-07-01 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1901-08-30 John Gunther, American author and host (John Gunther's High Road), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1901-09-28 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)

Person of interestWalt Disney

1901-12-05 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1969-06-19 Baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

LoveWedding of Interest

1979-06-05 Blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

LoveWedding of Interest

1985-07-19 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

LoveWedding of Interest

1992-10-03 Future US President Barack Obama (31) weds fellow lawyer Michelle Robinson (28) in Chicago, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 1996-05-25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1997-10-11 "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • 2009-05-15 Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft (32) weds Chicago's public relations executive Joe Waterman (35) at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2010-12-31 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
  • 2011-08-13 "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd (44) weds TV writer Lamar Sally at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-09-29 "Fall Out Boy" lead singer Patrick Stump (28) weds longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao in Chicago

Musician Patrick Stump
Musician
Patrick Stump

Famous Deaths

  • 1675-05-18 Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary explorer (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1818-08-28 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, dies
  • 1864-07-27 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), dies at 54
  • 1871-04-07 Alexander Lloyd, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1882-01-24 Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • 1888-10-16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • 1892-01-01 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago, dies at 86
  • 1894-07-01 Allan Pinkerton, American private detective and founder of Chicago detective agency, dies at 64
  • 1897-05-23 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34
  • 1899-03-16 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • 1903-09-27 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • 1904-02-10 John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
  • 1933-03-06 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), dies 23 days after being shot in Miami at 59

Person of interestJohn Dillinger

1934-07-22 John Dillinger, Notorious American bank robber, shot dead at 31 by federal agents at the Biograph Theater in Chicago

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
  • 1934-10-04 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), dies at 60
  • 1938-03-13 Clarence Darrow, American defense attorney at Scopes Monkey Trial, dies at 80
  • 1942-05-25 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), dies at 39
  • 1944-03-19 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1947-04-19 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51
  • 1950-07-01 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Tribune building), dies at 76
  • 1953-05-17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • 1955-04-01 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), dies at 74
  • 1957-05-16 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • 1957-07-28 Edith Abbott, American social worker and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), dies at 80
  • 1958-05-27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • 1959-05-26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • 1963-11-15 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), dies of pneumonia at 74 [1]
  • 1965-03-17 Almos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • 1966-02-25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1966-10-04 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 52
  • 1967-12-17 [Francis] Barry Byrne, American architect, dies at 83
  • 1970-07-31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • 1970-11-26 B O Davis Sr, 1st African American general, dies at 93 in Chicago
  • 1971-05-16 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • 1973-05-10 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • 1974-03-13 Howard St John, American actor (Investigator, Dr Lewis-Hank), dies from a heart attack at 68

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1975-02-25 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), dies of heart failure at 77

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Elijah Muhammad
  • 1975-12-17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1976-05-03 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • 1976-12-20 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1977-05-07 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1978-01-23 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1979-01-13 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 1982-04-25 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1987-11-25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1991-02-15 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • 1991-02-24 George Gobel, Chicago, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies at 71
  • 1994-07-13 Bob Payton, American pizza magnate (The Chicago Pizza Pie Factory), dies at 50
  • 1995-09-04 William Moses Kunstler, UCLA attorney (Chicago 7), dies at 78
  • 1996-11-14 Joseph Bernardin, cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, dies at 68
  • 1997-04-29 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • 2002-01-16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • 2002-06-26 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), dies from lung cancer at 88
  • 2003-02-16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, dies of a stroke at 95
  • 2007-09-26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • 2008-01-24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • 2010-02-15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • 2012-01-15 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • 2014-11-14 Jane Byrne, American politician and 50th Mayor of Chicago, dies at 81
  • 2017-05-02 Vincent Baggetta, American actor (Lou-Chicago Story), dies at 72
  • 2017-12-13 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • 2018-03-23 DuShon Monique Brown, American actor (Prison Break, Connie-Chicago Fire), dies at 49
  • 2019-12-08 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21