Illinois in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 317

  • 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, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1920-04-20 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

1921-02-04 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (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)

Person of interestOtto Graham

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham

Person of interestBetty White

1922-01-17 Betty White [Ludden], American actress and comedian with the longest TV career of a female entertainer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1922-02-15 John B Anderson, American Republican politician and presidential candidate (1980), 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, composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1922-09-01 Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)
  • 1922-10-20 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Clayton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 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)

Person of interestCharlton Heston

1923-10-04 Charlton Heston, actor (10 Commandments, Ben-Hur, Planet of Apes), (d. 2008), born in 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, (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924-10-17 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] Rockabilly musician, born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-09 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, born in Woodstock, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1926-02-26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1926-05-19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)

Person of interestMiles Davis

1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 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)
  • 1927-05-30 Norman "Clint" Walker, American actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen), born in Hartford, Illinois
  • 1927-08-07 Carl 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, Hello Larry), born in Normal, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1928-02-04 Dave Ketchum, American actor (Agent 13-Get Smart, M*A*S*H), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1928-03-10 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 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, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestBob Newhart

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

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • 1929-12-14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1930-09-19 Bullett Bob Turley, Troy, Illinois, MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-08 James Olsen, actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1931-02-16 George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1931-02-26 Robert D Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • 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, (Rep-D-Illinois, 1973-97), (d. 2013)
  • 1931-11-09 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois
  • 1932-02-19 Joseph P Kerwin, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1932-12-28 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1933-10-30 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), born in Moline, Illinois
  • 1934-03-13 Barry Hughart, American author of fantasy novels (Bridge of Birds), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1934-09-05 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1934-11-02 Bill Gothard, American Christian minister, speaker and Founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), born in Illinois
  • 1935-01-10 Sherrill Milnes, Hinsdale Illinois, baritone
  • 1935-07-09 Ronnie Burns, adopted son of George Burns, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1935-09-19 Thomas W Ewing, (Rep-R-Illinois)
  • 1935-12-21 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

Person of interestStephen E. Ambrose

1936-01-10 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), born in Lovington, Illinois (d. 2002)

  • 1936-05-02 Quinn Redeker, American actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless), born in Woodstock, Illinois

Person of interestRay Nitschke

1936-12-29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-05-16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)

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
  • 1938-05-10 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, Born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1938-12-29 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1939-01-21 Mary Ellen McAnally, American poet (Dance of the Zygotes), born in Vandalia, Illinois
  • 1939-11-21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1940-04-20 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1940-04-20 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

1940-12-01 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1941-05-04 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois

Person of interestTed Kaczynski

1942-05-22 Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski

Person of interestTom Dreesen

1942-09-11 Tom Dreesen, American comedian (Tim Ried's partner), born in Harvey, Illinois

Comedian Tom Dreesen
Comedian
Tom Dreesen
  • 1942-10-31 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1943-03-09 Charles Gibson, American television journalist (Good Morning America), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1943-03-26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 1943-04-20 Michael Greer, American actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1943-11-05 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1943-11-30 Terrence Malick, film director (Badlands, The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1944-06-27 Bruce Arthur Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Beach Boys), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1945-06-01 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1945-10-27 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), born in Barrington, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1945-10-30 Glenn Poshard, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946-02-27 Mary-Claire King, American human geneticist (breast cancer genes), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1946-03-27 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1946-06-16 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1946-09-05 Dennis Dugan, American actor and director (Can't Buy Me Love, Howling), born in Wheaton, Illinois
  • 1946-10-27 Steven R. Nagel, American astronaut, USAF (STS 51-G, 61-A, 37, 55), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1946-11-10 Bill Bryson, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1946-11-23 Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946-12-22 Rick Nielsen, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1947-04-04 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1947-06-05 Laurie Anderson, American avant-garde artist and musician (known for O Superman), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1947-08-16 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • 1948-02-20 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • 1948-04-04 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1948-07-19 Beverly Archer, actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1948-12-22 Lynne Thigpen, US actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)

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