Illinois in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 480

  • 1906-12-12 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), born in Pleasant Mound, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1907-03-02 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), born in Rantoul, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907-03-15 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1907-06-10 Fairfield Porter, American painter, born in Winnetka, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1908-02-17 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo [Kenneth Norville], American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-04-02 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American dancer and actor (The Beverly Hillbillies - "Jed Clampett"; Breakfast At Tiffany's; Barnaby Jones), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1908-06-28 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive and presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, born in Streator, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1908-08-30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1909-02-28 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), born in La Harpe, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1909-06-14 Burl Ives, American folk singer ("A Little Bitty Tear"; "Silver And Gold"), actor (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), and snowman (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910-01-05 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910-02-10 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1910-08-25 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1910-10-09 Phil Hanna, American singer (Once Upon a Tune), born in River Forest, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1910-10-12 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1985)

Ronald Reagan

1911-02-06 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

  • 1911-08-23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1911-12-22 Grote Reber, American radio astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1912-05-03 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1912-08-30 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 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 Kerr

1913-07-08 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)

  • 1913-11-13 Helen Mack, American actress (Son of Kong, Milky Way), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1914-10-11 J. Edward Day, 55th U.S. Postmaster General (1961), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1915-09-09 Richard Webb, American actor (Captain Midnight, Out of the Past), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1916-01-06 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1916-03-16 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1916-04-25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1916-09-12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1916-11-27 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1917-07-16 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1917-08-23 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1917-12-20 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1917-12-22 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois (d. 1999)

William Holden

1918-04-17 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

  • 1918-12-14 James T. Aubrey, American television executive (President of the CBS television network 1959-65), born in LaSalle, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1919-04-13 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1919-10-15 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, born in Momence, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1919-10-23 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1920-03-17 John La Montaine, American composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1920-04-20 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer and 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1920-04-26 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), born in Zion, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1920-08-22 Ray Bradbury, American sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1920-09-13 Carole Mathews [Jean Deifel], American actress (The Californians, Swamp Women), born in Montgomery, Illinois (d. 2014)

Betty Friedan

1921-02-04 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (The Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • 1921-11-06 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)

Otto Graham

1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

  • 1921-12-22 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)

Betty White

1922-01-17 Betty White (Ludden), American Emmy Award-winning comic actress with the longest TV career of a female entertainer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Sue Ann Nivens"; Golden Girls - "Rose"; The Proposal), born in Oak Park Illinois (d. 2021) [1]

  • 1922-02-15 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1922-04-18 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), born in DeKalb, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1922-06-04 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1922-07-31 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1922-10-20 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Clayton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1923-02-02 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1923-05-04 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923-05-18 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1923-09-03 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), born in Antioch, Illinois (d. 2014)

Charlton Heston

1923-10-04 Charlton Heston [John Carter], American actor (The Ten Commandments; Ben-Hur; Planet of Apes), born in Wilmette, Illinois, (d. 2008)

  • 1923-12-01 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1924-05-31 Patricia Roberts Harris, American politician (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)

George Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • 1924-07-06 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1924-09-10 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (MLB All Star 1953-56; NL HR & RBI leader 1954; Cincinnati Reds), born in Argo, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1924-10-27 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum], American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1924-12-29 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), born in Pana, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1925-05-25 Don Liddle, American baseball player, born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1925-07-15 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1925-08-28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1925-10-09 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, born in Woodstock, Illinois (d. 1958)

Rock Hudson

1925-11-17 Rock Hudson, American actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms, Ice Station Zebra), born in Winnetka, Illinois (d. 1985)

  • 1926-02-26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1926-05-19 Paul Cooper, American classical music composer, and educator, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)

Miles Davis

1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (Kinda Blue; Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet; Sketches of Spain), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

  • 1926-06-10 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1926-09-17 (Eugene) "Brother Jack" McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1927-05-30 Norman "Clint" Walker, American actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen), born in Hartford, Illinois
  • 1927-08-07 Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, American actor (Our Gang; Beginner's Luck; General Spanky), born in Paris, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1927-11-14 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Col. Blake"; Hello Larry), born in Normal, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1928-02-04 Dave Ketchum, American character actor (Get Smart - "Agent 13"), and writer (Happy Days; The Love Boat), born in Quincy, Illinois)

James Earl Ray

1928-03-10 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1998)

  • 1928-06-13 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1928-08-22 John Lupton, American actor (Tom-Broken Arrow), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 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)
  • 1929-03-14 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2022)

Bob Newhart

1929-09-05 Bob Newhart, American comedian (Bob Newhart Show, Newhart), born in Oak Park, Illinois

  • 1929-12-14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1930-09-19 Bob Turley, American MLB pitcher, 1951-63, (New York Yankees, and 3 other teams), 3X All-Star, Cy Young and World Series MVP, 1958, born in Troy, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-08 James Olsen, American actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1931-02-16 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1989-95), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1931-02-26 Robert Novak 'the Prince of Darkness', American political columnist and news show host (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara), born in Aurora, Illinois,
  • 1931-07-27 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1931-08-16 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1931-09-24 Cardiss Collins, American politician (first African-American woman to represent the Midwest in Congress), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1931-11-09 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois

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