Illinois in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 204

  • 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
  • 1934-09-05 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1935-01-10 Sherrill Milnes, Hinsdale Illinois, baritone
  • 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)

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

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
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)

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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)
  • 1939-01-21 Mary Ellen McAnally, American poet (Dance of the Zygotes), born in Vandalia, Illinois

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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, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)

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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

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

Comedian Tom Dreesen
Comedian
Tom Dreesen
  • 1943-03-26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 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
  • 1944-06-27 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)
  • 1945-10-30 Glenn Poshard, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946-02-27 Mary-Claire King, American human geneticist (breast cancer genes), born in Evanston, 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
  • 1946-11-23 Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946-12-22 Rick Nielsen, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, 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
  • 1948-07-19 Beverly Archer, actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1949-09-20 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1949-09-25 Jerry F Costello, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1949-10-18 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • 1950-05-09 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois

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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
  • 1950-12-25 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1951-10-05 Karen Allen, Illinois, actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers)

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1952-08-24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

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1952-09-02 Jimmy Connors, American tennis champion (US Open-1978, 82, 83 Wimbledon-1974, 82), born in St. Louis, Illinois

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1953-12-09 John Malkovich, actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1955-03-17 Gary Sinise, American actor (Apollo 13, CSI: NY, Forrest Gump), born in Blue Island Illinois
  • 1955-05-26 Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)
  • 1955-06-16 Laurie Metcalf, Carbonville Illinois, actress (Jackie-Roseanne)
  • 1955-06-23 Debbie Boostrom, Playboy playmate (Aug, 1981), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1955-11-14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • 1956-08-20 Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country), born in Rochelle, Illinois
  • 1956-09-20 Gary Cole, Park Ridge, Illinois, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller)
  • 1956-12-30 Suzy Bogguss, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1957-07-29 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
  • 1957-12-22 Lynne Thigpen, actress (Nancy-Love Sidney), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1958-11-17 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (Color of Money), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1960-01-13 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois
  • 1961-03-01 Davis Daniel, country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1961-05-19 Lisa Rathgber Wagner, bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), born in Hillsboro Illinois
  • 1961-08-22 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1961-09-13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • 1962-06-17 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1962-08-21 Jeff Stryker, American adult film actor, born in Carmi, Illinois
  • 1962-10-11 Joan Cusack, American actress (Working Girl, SNL, Addams Family Values), born in Evanston Illinois
  • 1962-11-10 Cathy Boswell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Joliet, Illinois

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1964-01-17 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • 1964-01-26 Cathy Podewell, American actress (Cally Harper Ewing-Dallas), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-03-04 Linda French, badminton player (Olympics-96), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1964-11-21 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Miss America (1991), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois

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1965-08-24 Marlee Matlin, American actress and the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award (Children of Lesser God), born in Morton Grove, Illinois

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • 1966-03-04 Mike Small, Aurora Illinois, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Emerald Coast)
  • 1968-06-04 Stacy Leigh Arthur, playmate (Jan, 1991), born in Naperville, Illinois
  • 1968-07-07 Amy Carlson, American actress (Blue Bloods, Third Watch), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1969-03-25 Dan Wilson, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-04-19 James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
  • 1969-06-07 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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1970-06-26 Chris O'Donnell, American actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever), born in Winnetka, Illinois

  • 1970-06-26 Nick Offerman, American actor (Parks and Recreation), born in Joliet, Illinois

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1970-07-08 Todd Martin, American tennis star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 1970-08-26 Melissa McCarthy, comedian and actress (Mike and Molly, Spy), born in Plainfield, Illinois
  • 1971-02-11 Linda Wild, tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1971-03-05 Amy Peistrup-Matthews, WPVA (Old Orchard-17-1995), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1971-06-28 Ron Mahay, American baseball player, born in Crestwood, Illinois

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1971-07-23 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass musician (Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • 1972-04-03 Jennie Garth, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1972-12-15 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1973-02-08 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • 1973-04-26 Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)

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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
  • 1974-07-24 Steve Bornhoeft, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in LaGrange, Illinois
  • 1974-09-10 Sandra Cacic, tennis star, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1975-07-03 Jennifer Salinas, Miss USA-Illinois (1997)
  • 1975-11-04 Heather Tom, actress (Victoria Howard-Young & Restless), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1977-01-29 Justin Hartley, American actor (Smallville, This Us), born in Knoxville, Illinois
  • 1977-06-29 Tania Joy Gibson, Lake Barrington Ill, Miss America-Illinois (1997)
  • 1977-09-11 Ludacris [Christopher Bridges], American rapper and actor (Back for the First Time, Fast and Furious), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1977-11-30 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), born Harvey Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1978-03-23 Nicholle Tom, American actress (Beethoven, The Nanny), born in Hinsdale, Illinois,
  • 1978-10-10 Autumn Waterbury, Miss Illinois Teen USA (2nd-1997)
  • 1979-12-17 Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star
  • 1980-06-20 Tony Lovato [Anthony John Lovato], American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois

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

Musician Patrick Stump
Musician
Patrick Stump

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