Chicago in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 309

  • 1960-09-26 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)
  • 1961-01-01 Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • 1961-06-30 Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • 1962-04-22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1962-08-03 29th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20 (65,000)
  • 1963-10-22 225,000 students boycot Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest
  • 1964-02-06 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-06-10 Rolling Stones record their 12x5 album at Chess Studios in Chicago
  • 1964-06-11 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-08-15 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1964-08-15 Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • 1965-08-12 Race riot in West Side of Chicago
  • 1965-09-20 WXXW (now WYCC) TV channel 20 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-01-04 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-01-17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1966-03-26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • 1966-07-12 Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen
  • 1966-07-13 Richard Speck murders 8 nurses in Chicago
  • 1966-07-14 Richard Speck rapes and kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • 1966-08-05 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march
  • 1967-01-26 Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned
  • 1967-02-15 Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23)
  • 1967-08-04 Shortwave group ANARC's 1st convention (Chicago)
  • 1967-09-10 Joel Horlen revives Chicago's pennant hopes with a 5-0 no-hit win
  • 1967-12-03 Final run of "20th Century Limited" famed NY-Chicago luxury train
  • 1968-08-10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • 1968-08-21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • 1968-08-28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention
  • 1968-08-29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US President (Chicago)
  • 1968-10-25 Chicago recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its 1st settler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-12-14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1969-03-19 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • 1969-08-16 First performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Auditorium Theater, Chicago)
  • 1969-09-24 Trial of "Chicago 8" (protesters at Dem National Conv) begins
  • 1969-10-08 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1970-02-18 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot
  • 1971-05-18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • 1971-12-18 People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) formed by Jesse Jackson in Chicago

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972-08-23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1972-10-30 Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago, llinois
  • 1972-12-08 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • 1973-05-03 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • 1973-05-10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1973-06-20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • 1975-06-01 "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 947 performances
  • 1976-06-08 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1977-02-04 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • 1977-04-07 Toronto Blues Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • 1977-06-04 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2
  • 1977-08-27 "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances
  • 1978-03-04 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue

  • 1978-07-09 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • 1978-10-06 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)
  • 1978-12-09 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1979-04-03 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979-05-25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-11-15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski

MurderMurder of Interest

1980-03-12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1980-03-31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
  • 1980-06-16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • 1981-05-25 Daniel Goodwin scales outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours
  • 1982-09-29 Cyanide laced Tylenol capsules kills 7 in Chicago
  • 1983-02-02 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested
  • 1983-02-22 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • 1983-04-12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • 1983-04-29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st African American mayor
  • 1983-07-06 54th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-3 at Comiskey Park, Chicago
  • 1983-10-13 Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1984-09-03 28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery
  • 1984-10-21 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 1985-01-20 Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago)
  • 1985-06-27 Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • 1986-09-07 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31
  • 1986-09-08 Westinghouse sells background music company Muzak to the Fields Company of Chicago
  • 1987-11-22 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.
  • 1987-12-02 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
  • 1988-09-09 "Look Away" single released by Chicago (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • 1989-03-25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
  • 1990-07-10 61st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-0 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • 1990-07-28 Blackout hits Chicago

Film release premierFilm Premier

1990-11-10 John Hughes' film "Home Alone" directed by Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin premieres in Chicago

  • 1992-04-13 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • 1992-06-01 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins sweep Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games
  • 1992-10-15 Howard Stern radio show begins broadcasting on WLUP-AM, Chicago
  • 1993-08-20 Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago
  • 1993-10-03 Indians play their last game at Cleve Stadium, Chicago wins 4-0
  • 1994-06-17 FIFA World Cup begins with Germany vs Bolivia (1-0) in Chicago
  • 1995-03-29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Chicago IL on WCKG 105.9 FM
  • 1995-08-06 Indians and Browns play in Cleveland on same day for 1st time ever both lose - Chicago 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
  • 1996-11-14 "Chicago" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC
  • 1997-03-23 Wrestlemania XIII in Chicago, Undertaker beats Psycho Sid for title
  • 1997-04-09 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • 1999-01-02 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.

Film release premierFilm Release

2002-12-27 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)

  • 2003-01-17 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film
  • 2003-07-15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-09-17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • 2004-07-16 Millennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
  • 2010-06-09 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Philadelphia Flyers 4-2
  • 2012-09-10 Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 522

  • 1927-10-01 Tom Bosley, actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-10-05 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1927-12-17 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1927-12-27 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1928-04-02 Joseph "Cardinal" Bernardin, of Chicago

Person of interestJames Watson

1928-04-06 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • 1928-12-15 Jimmy Nelson, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928-12-16 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-01-20 Arte Johnson, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-05-19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • 1929-06-10 James "Jim" McDivitt, American Brigadier General and astronaut (Gemini 4, Apollo 9), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-09-11 David S Broder, Chicago Hgts Ill, journalist (Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1929-10-05 Skip Homeier, actor (Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-11-01 Betsy Palmer, actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1929-11-11 LaVern Baker, R&B vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1930-04-11 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1930-07-09 Buddy Bregman, orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln, actress/singer (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-12-18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931-01-22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-05-23 Barbara Barrie, actress (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-06-14 Marla Gibbs, actress (Florence-Jeffersons, Mary-227), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-08-21 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1931-09-04 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-09-29 James Cronin, nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-03-31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-04-22 Michael Colgrass, composer (Best Wishes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-05-02 Bruce Glover, actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-08-21 Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director (Sophisticated Gent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-09-19 Mike Royko, journalist (Chic Daily News)/author (Boss), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-10-24 Johnny Lattner, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-05 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1932-12-14 George Furth, actor/dir (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933-01-23 Arlene Golonka, American actress (Millie-Mayberry RFD), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933-01-30 Richard Dufallo, clarinetist/conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933-02-13 Kim Novak, [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestQuincy Jones Jr

1933-03-14 Quincy Jones Jr, American composer and singer (We Are The World), born in Chicago, Illinois

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1933-07-22 Chuck Cassey, choral director (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1934-02-22 Thomas Paul, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934-03-14 Eugene A Cernan, Capt USN, astronaut (Gemini 9, Apollo 10 17), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1934-06-02 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1935-03-01 Robert Conrad, [Conrad R Falk], actor (Wild Wild West), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-04-09 Avery Schreiber, comedian (My Mother the Car), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-04-24 Louis Keith, physician (expert on multiple-births), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-08-29 William Friedkin, American director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-09-12 Richard H Hunt, sculptor (Pyramidal Construction), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

1935-10-02 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1935-12-14 Lewis Arquette, actor (Horror Show, Book of Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-06-04 Bruce Dern, American actor (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-07-20 Butch Baird, PGA golfer (1961 Waco Turner Open), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-09-14 Walter Koenig, actor (Checkov-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-09-27 Don Cornelius, American television host (Soul Train), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1936-10-26 Bruce Belland, singer (Tim Conway Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-02-14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • 1937-03-17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-26 Barbara Pearl Jones, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-07-06 Gene Chandler, [Eugene Dixon], rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-08-27 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-10-31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-12-15 Karen Morrow, American actress (The Boy in the Plastic bubble, Ladies' Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1938-01-22 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • 1938-03-05 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1938-04-06 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-07-14 Jerry Rubin, activist (Chicago 7)/stockbroker
  • 1938-08-09 Dick Anthony Williams, actor (Our Family Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-11-11 John Reilly, actor (Sean-General Hospital, Dallas, Hamptons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-11-21 Robert Drivas, [Choromokos], actor (Our Private World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-07-10 Mavis Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-07-20 Judy Chicago [Judith Cohen], American artist (Dinner Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-09-13 Bill Janklow, American politician and four-term Governor of South Dakota (Republican: 1979-87, 1995-2003), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1939-10-30 Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939-11-19 Garrick Utley, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940-01-06 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

1940-04-12 Herbie Hancock, pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • 1940-07-30 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940-08-04 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1940-08-11 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRaquel Welch

1940-09-05 Raquel Welch, (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • 1940-12-11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940-12-25 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941-06-30 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African Amerian woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestEmmett Till

1941-07-25 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, born in Chicago, Illinois

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • 1942-02-19 Ken Kramer [Kenneth Bentley Kramer], former American Republican member of the House of Representatives, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-03-05 Michael "Mike" Resnick, American sci-fi author (Sideshow, Eros Ascending), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJohn Wayne Gacy

1942-03-17 John Wayne Gacy, serial killer (32 boys), born in Chicago, Illinois

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1942-04-24 Richard M Daley, (mayor-D-Chicago)
  • 1942-06-03 Curtis Mayfield, rock vocalist (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestHarrison Ford

1942-07-13 Harrison Ford, American actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1942-07-13 Roger [Jim] McGuinn, American musician (the Byrds), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestMichael Crichton

1942-10-23 Michael Crichton, novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1942-11-18 Jeffrey Siegel, pianist (Chicago Symph), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-05 Randy Kirby, actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-17 Paul Butterfield, blues musician (Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-25 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-12-27 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1943-02-05 Michael Mann, actor and director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-02-28 Barbara Acklin, [Allen], R&B singer (Love Makes a Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths