Evanston in History

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897-12-13 Drew Pearson, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1913-01-02 Gardner Read, American composer (Quiet Music for Strings; Dance of the Locomotives), and pedagogue (Boston University, 1948-78), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2005)

Walter KerrWalter Kerr (1913-1996)

1913-07-08 American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, born in Evanston, Illinois

  • 1922-06-04 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1925-07-15 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1928-11-15 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-24 Richard B Shull, American character actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1930-10-08 James Olsen, American actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1932-10-20 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (M*A*S*H & AfterMASH - "Father Mulcahy"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1935-06-01 John Porter, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1980-2001), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1935-07-09 Ronnie Burns, American actor and adopted son of George Burns, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1935-07-25 Barbara Harris, American Tony Award-winning actress (Plaza Suite; Family Plot), born in Evanston, lllinois (d. 2018)

Peter UeberrothPeter Ueberroth (85 years old)

1937-09-02 American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • 1942-06-28 Jim Kolbe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1943-03-09 Charles Gibson, American television journalist (Good Morning America), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1945-08-18 Barbara Harris, American pop singer (The Toys -"A Lover's Concerto"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 1946-02-27 Mary-Claire King, American human geneticist (breast cancer genes), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1946-11-10 Bill Bryson, American singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1949-07-10 John C. Whitehead, American R&B singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)

Bill MurrayBill Murray (72 years old)

1950-09-21 American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live; Stripes; Ghostbusters), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • 1953-04-19 Ruby Wax, British actress (Girls on Top), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1956-01-20 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1960-04-10 Julie Fulton, American actress (Lime Steel), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1961-02-27 Grant Shaud, American actor (Miles Silverburg in Murphy Brown), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1961-07-18 Elizabeth McGovern, American actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962-01-10 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder, 1996-84 (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962-10-11 Joan Cusack, American actress (Working Girl, SNL, Addams Family Values), born in Evanston Illinois
  • 1962-10-12 Carlos Bernard, American actor (24), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-01-26 Cathy Podewell, American actress (Cally Harper Ewing-Dallas), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-11-29 Kris Kamm, American actor (Stuart Rosebrock-Coach), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, American rock singer (Pearl Jam - Ten; "Jeremy"), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1968-09-20 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1970-02-15 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1971-04-18 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois

Seth MeyersSeth Meyers (48 years old)

1973-12-28 American actor, comedian, writer and producer (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live), born in Evanston,, Illinois

  • 1977-12-27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1980-09-10 Timothy Goebel, American figure skater (first to land quadruple salchow jump; Olympic bronze 2002; World C'ship silver 2002, 03), born in Evanston, Illinois

Patrick StumpPatrick Stump (38 years old)

1984-04-27 American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Evanston, Illinois