Chicago in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 356 of 356

  • 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
  • 1988-07-30 ArenaBowl II, Allstate Arena, Rosemount, Illinois: Detroit Drive beats Chicago Bruisers 24-13, Steve Griffin MVP
  • 1988-09-09 "Look Away" single released by Chicago (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • 1988-10-01 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • 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 Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5 for a 3-1 series win; 2nd consecutive title for Penguins
  • 1992-10-15 Howard Stern radio show begins broadcasting on WLUP-AM, Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993-01-08 Michael Jordan's game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1993-08-20 Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago
  • 1993-10-03 Cleveland Indians play their final MLB game at Cleveland Stadium; lose 4-0 to Chicago White Sox Chicago
  • 1995-03-29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Chicago IL on WCKG 105.9 FM
  • 1995-08-06 Cleveland's major league sports franchises, NFL Browns & MLB Indians, play in Cleveland for 1st time ever; both lose - White Sox 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
  • 1995-11-03 With a 105-91 victory over Charlotte at the United Centre, Chicago wins their first of an NBA record 72 games in one season and their first of an NBA record 37 home games won at the start of a season
  • 1996-11-14 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC
  • 1997-03-23 WrestleMania XIII, Rosemont Horizon, IL: Undertaker beats Sycho Sid for WWF Heavyweight 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.

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2002-01-30 Utah's Karl Malone becomes 2nd player in NBA history to register 34,000 career points by scoring 18 in a 90-78 win over Chicago at the Delta Center; trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points)

Film release premierFilm Release

2002-12-27 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2003-01-17 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago Best Picture

  • 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
  • 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.

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2006-04-02 WrestleMania XXII, Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL: John Cena beats Triple H; Rey Mysterio defeats Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat title match

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H

  • 2010-06-09 Stanley Cup Final, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA: Chicago Blackhawks edge Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in OT for a 4-2 series win; first Championship for Chicago since 1961
  • 2012-09-10 Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students
  • 2012-09-16 Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, seeks a court order to resolve a week long teachers strike
  • 2012-09-18 The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reach a deal that ends an 8-day strike.
  • 2013-06-24 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship
  • 2013-07-04 12 people are killed and 60 are injured in a wave of shootings across Chicago
  • 2014-10-20 Laquan McDonald (17) is shot dead by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while jaywalking, the murder caught on video footage
  • 2015-06-15 Stanley Cup Final, United Center, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 for a 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 6th Championship
  • 2015-11-24 Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder of 17 year old African American Laquan McDonald in 2014
  • 2017-04-09 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • 2017-07-05 101 people reported shot, 15 killed in Chicago, Illinois over 4th July weekend
  • 2018-08-06 Chicago police appeal for more help after 66 people shot in the city in one weekend
  • 2018-09-23 Alexander Zverev beats Kevin Anderson 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 in Chicago to complete a 13-8 win for Team Europe over Team World in the 2nd Laver Cup tennis tournament
  • 2018-11-16 Elevator falls down 84 floors when hoist rope breaks, all six people survive unharmed at John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • 2019-01-29 Empire star Jussie Smollett suffers suspected racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
  • 2019-03-26 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollett by Chicago prosecutors
  • 2019-04-02 Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago
  • 2019-04-08 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-05-30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 2019-10-13 Kenya's Brigid Kosgei sets new world record of 2:14.04 for the women's marathon in Chicago, beating Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old mark

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 798

  • 1927-12-17 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1928-01-02 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, born in Chicago, Illinois (2010)
  • 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

Person of interestEthel Kennedy

1928-04-11 Ethel Kennedy (née Skakel), American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy
  • 1928-04-24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1928-06-25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1928-12-15 Jimmy Nelson, American ventriloquist (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, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 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
  • 1929-08-14 Lorez Alexandria [Taylor] American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1929-09-11 David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1929-11-11 (Dolores) LaVern Baker [Evans], American blues vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), 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 double bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-06-21 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1930-07-09 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 1930-09-19 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1930-09-25 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1930-10-05 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1930-10-10 Adlai Stevenson III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Illinois), 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 [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; " A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-04-29 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 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
  • 1931-06-29 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1931-07-10 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1931-07-31 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1931-08-12 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1931-08-14 Frederic Raphael, American-British writer (After the War, California Time), 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
  • 1931-09-13 Barbara Bain, American actress (Cinnamon-Mission Impossible, Space 1999), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-09-29 James Cronin, nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-01-16 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 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, American-Canadian composer who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the piece "Déjà vu", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1932-05-02 Bruce Glover, American actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-07-09 Donald Rumsfeld, American politician (involved in Watergate), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-08-14 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932-08-21 Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director (Sophisticated Gent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-09-19 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1932-10-24 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), 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, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1933-01-30 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 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 jazz trumpeter. composer, arranger, record producer (Michael Jackson; Frank Sinatra; "We Are The World"), and film producer (The Color Purple), born in Chicago, Illinois

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1933-05-24 Jane Byrne, American politician and 50th Mayor of Chicago, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1933-07-22 Chuck Cassey, American choral director (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "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, American 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)
  • 1934-05-22 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1934-06-02 Johnny Carter, American singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1934-07-18 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1935-01-05 Nancy L. Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-CT, 1983- ), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-03-01 Robert Conrad [Conrad R. Falk], American actor (Wild Wild West), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1935-04-09 Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (My Mother the Car), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 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., 1st African-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force major, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

  • 1935-12-14 Lewis Arquette, American actor (Horror Show, Book of Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, American jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936-01-23 Arlene Golonka, American actress (Millie Swanson-The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-02-03 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1936-02-18 Jean M. Auel, Finnish-American writer (Earth's Children series), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-03-31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario
  • 1936-06-04 Bruce Dern, American actor (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-07-20 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-09-14 Walter Koenig, American 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, American 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 [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 1937-03-17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-26 Barbara Pearl Jones, American 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-04-22 Jack Nitzsche, American composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1937-05-27 Allan Carr, American producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1937-07-06 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-08-27 Tommy Sands, American singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-10-23 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 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

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