Springfield, IL in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1887-04-10 US President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Illinois

  • 1908-08-14 Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • 1953-09-30 WICS TV channel 20 in Springfield, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • 1843-08-01 Robert Todd Lincoln, American politician, lawyer, Captain (Union Army), diplomat, businessman, and son of President Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1926)
  • 1853-04-04 Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1871)
  • 1854-10-26 C. W. Post, American manufacturer of breakfast cereals, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1879-11-10 Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, American poet (Gen William Booth enters Heaven), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • 1887-11-28 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1891-11-12 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1906-10-16 George Lott, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1910-10-12 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1925-11-20 June Christy [Shirley Luster], American jazz singer ("Tampico"; "Something Cool"), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1926-09-30 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 x MLB All Star; won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1939-11-21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1962-03-26 Kevin Seitzer, MLB baseball infielder, 1986-97, 2X All-Star (Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and 2 other teams), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963-01-05 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1970-12-20 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1972-08-14 Jay Manuel, Canadian make-up artist, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1975-02-15 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1980-04-14 Ben Wells, American actor, born in Springfield, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

1842-11-04 American socialite Mary Todd (23) weds Illinois Congressman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois