Evanston in History

Historical Events


Car1st 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
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The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea
The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897-12-13 Drew Pearson, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1913-01-02 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1913-07-08 Walter Kerr, American actor and drama critic (Sad Clowns), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 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 (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1935-06-01 John Porter, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1980-2001), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1935-07-09 Ronnie Burns, American actor and adopted son of George Burns, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1935-07-25 Barbara Harris [Sandra Mankwitz], American actress (Plaza Suite, Family Plot), born in Evanston, lllinois (d. 2018)

Person of interestPeter Ueberroth

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

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 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, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1945-08-18 Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 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 singer (McFadden & Whitehead), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)

Person of interestBill Murray

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

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • 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 (NY Mets), 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, actor (Stuart Rosebrock-Coach), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), 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
  • 1970-09-24 Jeanette Kollasch, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo-17th-1995), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1971-04-18 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestSeth Meyers

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

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • 1977-12-27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1980-09-10 Timothy Goebel, figure skater (1996 National Jr champ), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestPatrick Stump

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

Musician Patrick Stump
Musician
Patrick Stump