Chicago in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 312


Music releaseTheater Premiere

1960-02-29 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1960-04-12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1960-07-27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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 Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 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 50th MLB All Star Game, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Angels outfielder Fred Lynn hits first AS grand slam, AL wins 13-3
  • 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
  • 1986-01-12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • 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
  • 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
Musician
Billy Corgan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 591

  • 1925-01-30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1925-02-12 Joan Mitchell, Chicago USA, American painter and printmaker
  • 1925-02-22 Edward Gorey, author/artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-04-08 Shecky Greene [Fred Greenfield], American comedian and actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestEthel Kennedy

1925-04-11 Ethel Kennedy, American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

Person of interestTed Lindsay

1925-07-29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks), born in Renfrew, Ontario

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1925-08-11 Mike Douglas, talk show host (Mike Douglas Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-08-28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1926-02-03 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-02-06 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)

Person of interestHugh Hefner

1926-04-09 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1926-07-31 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1926-09-03 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1926-09-15 Edward Derwinski, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926-11-01 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1927-02-15 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1927-02-22 Donald May, American actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-03-06 William J Bell, soap opera creator (Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-06-23 Bob Fosse, choreographer/director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-06-30 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-07-14 John William Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-07-27 Allen Breed, USA, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-08-24 Harry Markowitz, American economist (Nobel 1990), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-09-26 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1927-10-01 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 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)
  • 1928-02-25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1928-04-02 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1928-04-03 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)

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)
  • 1929-11-11 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)
  • 1930-04-15 Richard Davis, American jazz bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-07-09 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1930-10-05 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1930-12-18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931-01-22 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-05-23 Barbara Barrie [Berman], American actress and author (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-06-14 Marla Gibbs [Margaret Theresa Bradley], American comedian and 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 [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and 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
  • 1932-04-10 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1932-04-12 Jack Gelber, American playwright (The Connection, Apple), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1932-04-22 Michael Colgrass, composer (Best Wishes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-05-02 Bruce Glover, American 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, American 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)
  • 1933-12-13 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1935-05-02 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 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
  • 1936-02-18 Jean M. Auel, Finnish-American writer (Earth's Children series), 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
  • 1937-01-28 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 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

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