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Historical Events

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  • 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

US President Abraham Lincoln
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
  • 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
  • 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 with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1879-08-12 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • 1881-09-18 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment
  • 1882-05-20 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
  • 1882-10-06 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0
  • 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 St Louis Browns win World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1890-01-25 National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
  • 1890-06-09 Opera "Robin Hood" premieres in Chicago
  • 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
  • 1895-11-28 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • 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 beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

/flags/republican 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 Indians Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
  • 1913-09-09 Association for Study of Negro Life & History organizes in Chicago
  • 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 Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
  • 1915-09-07 St Louis Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago (Federal League), 3-0
  • 1917-06-07 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
  • 1919-06-03 Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Co (Chicago) - first insurance company organized by African Americans formed
  • 1919-07-21 Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-07-27 Chicago race riot (15 whites & 23 blacks killed, 500 injured)
  • 1919-08-18 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-08-23 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune
  • 1919-08-31 John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago
  • 1919-09-02 Communist Party of America organizes in Chicago
  • 1919-12-10 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 591

  • 1637-06-10 Jacques Marquette, jesuit/missionary founder (Chicago)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1860-12-23 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1863-01-01 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • 1866-03-03 Fred A. Busse, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)
  • 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, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • 1876-02-28 John Alden Carpenter, composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1876-09-26 Edith Abbott, dean (University of Chicago Social Sciences)
  • 1877-11-21 Louis Campbell-Tipton, US composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1921)
  • 1880-07-30 Robert Rutherford McCormick, American editor/publisher (Chicago Tribune)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1888-12-19 Fritz Reiner, US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 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 Chicago Mainbocher, uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves)
  • 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)
  • 1892-10-31 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1894-02-14 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (The Jack Benny Program), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1895-03-24 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1895-09-16 Charles W Bidwill Sr, NFL hall of famer (Chicago Cardinals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1896-07-26 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, NFL quarterback and coach/team owner (Chicago)
  • 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)
  • 1898-08-29 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

Gangster Al Capone
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), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • 1899-05-20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1901-04-09 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack, Little Kaintuck), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1901-07-01 Irna Phillips, created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1902-05-07 Sal Gliatto, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1902-05-15 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1902-06-21 Howie Morenz, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, NY Rangers), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1902-07-16 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1902-11-22 Emanuel Feuermann, Kolomea Galicia, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra)
  • 1903-02-16 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1903-02-28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1903-04-19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1903-06-11 Ernie Nevers, NFL fullback (Duluth Eskimos, Chicago Cardinals), born in Willow River, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 1903-08-19 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1903-10-16 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1904-04-11 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1904-05-21 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), born in Fishkill Landing, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1904-06-17 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1904-07-31 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1904-11-25 Jessie Royce Landis [Medbury], American actress (North by Northwest), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1905-10-05 Harriet E MacGibbon, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1905-10-09 Howard St John, American actor (Born Yesterday, Li'l Abner), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1906-04-13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1906-07-02 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1906-07-13 Harry Sosnik, American orchestra leader (Jack Carter Show, Your Hit Parade), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1906-11-06 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1907-01-26 Eddie Ballantine, orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1907-02-08 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1907-02-22 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907-03-04 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1907-03-15 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907-03-24 Janet Harmon Bragg, US pilot/columnist (Chicago Defender)
  • 1907-08-31 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1908-04-28 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician Patrick Stump
Patrick Stump

Famous Deaths

  • 1675-05-18 Jacques Marquette jesuit/missionaries (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1818-08-28 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, dies
  • 1861-05-24 Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23
  • 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 (b. 1805)
  • 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)
  • 1904-02-10 John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
  • 1931-03-09 Ida B Wells-Barnett, African American civil rights activist, dies in Chicago at 78
  • 1933-02-15 Anton J Cermak, (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami
  • 1933-03-06 Anton J Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered

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
John Dillinger
  • 1938-03-13 Clarence S Darrow, Scopes Monkey Trial attorney, dies in Chicago at 80
  • 1944-03-19 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)

Person of interestAl Capone

1947-01-25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1950-07-01 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
  • 1958-05-27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • 1963-11-15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 1967-12-17 [Francis] Barry Byrne, American architect, dies at 83
  • 1970-11-26 B O Davis Sr, 1st African American general, dies at 93 in Chicago
  • 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

Person of interestElijah Muhammad

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

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • 1975-12-17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 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 (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), 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
  • 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
  • 2002-01-16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • 2003-02-16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, dies of a stroke at 95
  • 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
  • 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