Illinois in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 480

  • 1932-02-19 Joseph P. Kerwin, American Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1932-07-11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1932-10-19 Robert Reed, American actor (Mike-Brady Bunch, Nurse), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1932-10-20 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (M*A*S*H & AfterMASH - "Father Mulcahy"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-28 [Grace] Nichelle Nichols, American actress (Star Trek - "Lt. Uhura") and singer (Down To Earth; "Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Robbins, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1933-08-23 Pete Wilson, American politician (36th Governor of California), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • 1933-10-03 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), born in Moline, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1934-03-13 Barry Hughart, American author of fantasy novels (Bridge of Birds), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1934-06-13 Janet Pilgrim, American early playmate model for Playboy (July 1955, Dec 1955, Oct 1956), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1934-08-02 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 1934-09-05 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1934-10-01 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), born in Johnsburg, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 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, American operatic baritone, born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1935-05-30 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1935-06-01 John Porter, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1980-2001), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1935-07-09 Ronnie Burns, American actor and adopted son of George Burns, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1935-09-19 Thomas W. Ewing, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Atlanta, Illinois
  • 1935-12-21 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

Stephen E. AmbroseStephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002)

1936-01-10 American historian (Band of Brothers), born in Lovington, Illinois

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

Ray NitschkeRay Nitschke (1936-1998)

1936-12-29 American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois

  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1937-05-16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1937-05-29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois

Peter UeberrothPeter Ueberroth (85 years old)

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

  • 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
  • 1939-07-01 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), born in Park Ridge, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-09-12 Phillip Ramey, American composer, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1939-11-21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1940-01-08 Cristy Lane, American country music and gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1940-03-18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1940-04-20 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke; Nash Bridges - "Nick"), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1940-04-20 Tim Drummond, American session and touring bass player and songwriter (Ry Cooder; Neil Young; Graham Nash: J.J. Cale; Bob Dylan), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1940-08-29 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), born in Centralia, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1941-05-04 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1942-02-06 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois

Ted KaczynskiTed Kaczynski (80 years old)

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

  • 1942-06-27 Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer (The Beach Boys), songwriter ("I Write The Songs"), and record producer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1942-06-28 Jim Kolbe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Evanston, Illinois

Tom DreesenTom Dreesen (80 years old)

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

  • 1942-10-31 David Ogden Stiers, American stage and screen actor (M*A*S*H, 1977-83 - "Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III"; Lilo & Stitch), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1943-03-09 Charles Gibson, American television journalist (Good Morning America), born in Evanston, Illinois

Bob WoodwardBob Woodward (79 years old)

1943-03-26 American author and investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes), born in Geneva Illinois

  • 1943-04-20 Michael Greer, American actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2002)

Ken NortonKen Norton (1943-2013)

1943-08-09 American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois

  • 1943-09-28 Joel Higgins, American actor (Salvage 1, Silver Spoons), born in Bloomington, Illinois
  • 1943-11-05 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1943-11-30 Terrence Malick, American film director (Badlands; The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944-01-08 Terry Brooks, American fantasy fiction author (Sword of Shannara), born in Sterling, Illinois

Denny McLainDenny McLain (78 years old)

1944-03-29 American Baseball Pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1968-69; AL MVP 1968; MLB All-Star 66, 68, 69; Detroit Tigers), born in Markham, Illinois

  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1945-06-01 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1945-08-18 Barbara Harris, American pop singer (The Toys -"A Lover's Concerto"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 1945-10-27 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), born in Barrington, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1945-10-30 Glenn Poshard, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois), born in Herald, Illinois
  • 1945-12-23 Richard Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in St. Charles, 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
  • 1946-10-10 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello in There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Summer's End"), born in Maywood, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 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, American singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1946-11-23 Bobby Rush, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1993-), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1946-12-22 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Cheap Trick- "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1947-04-04 Ray Fosse, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star, Gold Glove Award 1970, 71 Cleveland Indians; World Series Oakland A's 1973, 74) and broadcaster (Oakland A's NBC), born in Marion, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1947-06-05 Laurie Anderson, American violinist, composer, and avant-garde artist ("O Superman"; "Let X=X"), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1947-08-16 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • 1947-10-15 Lynn Lowry, American actress (Cat People, Crazies), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1948-02-20 Billy Zoom [Stuart Kindell], American punk rock guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • 1948-04-04 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1948-06-14 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1948-06-22 Sue Roberts, American golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1948-07-19 Beverly Archer, American actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1948-08-02 Chris Bennett, American musician (The Theme from Midnight Express), born in Marshall, Illinois
  • 1948-08-23 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1948-10-07 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1948-10-09 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1948-12-22 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1949-07-10 John C. Whitehead, American R&B singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 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 Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1949-10-18 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • 1949-11-21 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey (first women to win a race on a major US track), born in Highland, Illinois
  • 1950-05-09 Tom Petersson, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1950-09-03 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X), born in Braidwood, Illinois

Bill MurrayBill Murray (72 years old)

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

  • 1951-01-26 Walt Willey, American actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1951-06-12 Alan Dysert, American actor (Sean Cudahy-All My Children), born in Vermilion County, Illinois
  • 1951-06-12 Bun E. Carlos [Brad Carlson], American rock drummer (Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me; Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951-08-13 Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter ("Same Old Lang Syne"; "Leader of the Band"; "The Power of Gold"), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1951-10-05 Karen Allen, American actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers), born in Carrollton, Illinois
  • 1951-10-05 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • 1952-03-23 Kim Stanley Robinson, American sci-fi author (Mars Trilogy), born in Waukegan, Illinois

Mike ShanahanMike Shanahan (70 years old)

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

Jimmy ConnorsJimmy Connors (70 years old)

1952-09-02 American tennis player (8-time Grand Slam winner, 109 titles overall), born in Belleville, Illinois

  • 1953-04-19 Ruby Wax, British actress (Girls on Top), born in Evanston, Illinois

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