Chicago in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 355

  • 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

Presidential Convention

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

  • 1865-04-20 Crosby Opera House opens in Chicago, Illinois; destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871
  • 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

Great Chicago Fire

1871-10-08 The Great Chicago Fire kills an estimated 300 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
  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

  • 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

Presidential Convention

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

  • 1888-10-20 Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1890-06-09 Comic opera "Robin Hood" by Reginald De Koven, Harry B. Smith, and Clement Scott premieres in Chicago

Sports History

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

  • 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 of Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)
  • 1893-06-21 1st Ferris wheel opens at Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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

1st 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

  • 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

Presidential Convention

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

  • 1896-07-13 Philadelphia outfielder Ed Delahanty becomes second major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • 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

Meeting of Interest

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 American horror movie silent film "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" premieres in Chicago

Republican Party

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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.
  • 1917-06-07 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 792

  • 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, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, born in Walton, New York (d. 1877) at 72
  • 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 White Sox; 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 HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), 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 (Frederick) "Fritz" Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1922-31; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1938-48; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), and educator (Curtis Institute), 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)

Jack Benny

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

  • 1895-01-05 Jeannette Piccard, American high-altitude balloonist & Episcopal priest, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1895-01-18 Virginia Valli [McSweeney], American (mostly silent) film actress (Wild Oranges; Pleasure Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 1897-09-05 Arthur C. Nielsen, American businessman and market researcher (TV's Nielsen's Ratings), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 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)
  • 1898-06-21 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)

Al Capone

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

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

Gloria 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
  • 1899-08-08 Victor Young, American violinist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer ("Street of Dreams"; "Love Letters"; "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1899-10-19 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Casablanca; Maltese Falcon; Martin & Lewis; Elvis movies; 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)
  • 1900-08-25 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 S. Paley, American broadcast pioneer (President and CEO of CBS, 1928-90), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)

Famous Weddings

Leo Durocher

1969-06-19 American baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago; divorce in 1980

Muddy Waters

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

Isiah Thomas

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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

Kyle Busch

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

Patrick Stump

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


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

John Dillinger

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

  • 1934-10-04 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago White Sox; 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, Ukrainian-born cellist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies of complications during surgery at 39
  • 1944-03-19 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)

Al Capone

1947-01-25 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), dies of a stroke complicated by pneumonia after suffering from late-stage syphilis of neurosyphilis at 48

  • 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 HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), dies at 78
  • 1963-11-15 (Frederick) "Fritz" Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1922-31; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1938-48; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), and educator (Curtis Institute), 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 White Sox), 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

Elijah Muhammad

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

  • 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 rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"), accidentally shoots himself 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