Illinois in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 317

  • 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

Person of interestBill Murray

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
  • 1951-01-26 Walt Willey, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1951-10-05 Karen Allen, Illinois, actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers)
  • 1952-03-23 Kim Stanley Robinson, American sci-fi author (Mars Trilogy), born in Waukegan, Illinois

Person of interestMike Shanahan

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

Person of interestJimmy Connors

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
  • 1953-05-03 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1953-12-09 John Malkovich, actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1955-02-12 Bill Laswell, US bassist and record producer, born in Salem, 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, American actress (Roseanne, Ladybird), born in Carbonville, Illinois
  • 1955-06-23 Debbie Boostrom, Playboy playmate (Aug, 1981), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1955-10-27 Debra Bowen, American politician, 31st Secretary of State of California (2007-15), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1955-11-14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • 1956-01-20 John Phillips Naber, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1956-05-04 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, 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
  • 1957-06-30 Sarah McGuire, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank-5th), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1957-07-29 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, 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
  • 1960-04-10 Julie Fulton, American actress (Lime Steel), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1960-10-18 Emily Arth, playmate (Jun, 1988), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1961-02-27 Grant Shaud, American actor (Miles Silverburg in Murphy Brown), born in Evanston, 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
  • 1961-07-18 Elizabeth McGovern, actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1961-07-19 Suzi Schott, American actress and Playboy playmate (August, 1984), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1961-08-22 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1961-09-13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • 1962-03-26 Kevin Seitzer, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1962-03-30 Bil Dwyer, American comedian and TV host, born in Evergreen Park, 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
  • 1963-01-05 Jeff Fassero, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963-05-03 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois

Person of interestMichelle Obama

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 1996), born in Oak Park, Illinois

Person of interestBonnie Blair

1964-03-18 Bonnie Blair, American speed skater (Olympic 5 gold/bronze 1988, 92, 94), born in Champaign, Illinois

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1964-11-21 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Miss America (1991), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1964-11-29 Kris Kamm, actor (Stuart Rosebrock-Coach), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestMarlee Matlin

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)
  • 1966-11-06 Paul Gilbert, American guitarist and singer (Mr. Big), born in Carbondale, Illinois
  • 1967-04-15 Mark Mortimer, American actor (Nick Hudson-Another World, Killing Cupid), born in Yorkville, Illinois
  • 1968-03-12 Tammy Duckworth, American politician (D) Senator Illinois (2017-), former Lieutenant Colonel, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 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
  • 1968-09-20 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1968-09-29 Patrick Burns, American television presenter, born in Highland Park, 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 1996), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970-02-15 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1970-04-11 Sean Bergman, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Joliet, Illinois

Person of interestChris O'Donnell

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

Person of interestTodd Martin

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
  • 1970-09-24 Jeanette Kollasch, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo-17th-1995), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1971-02-10 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • 1971-02-11 John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • 1971-02-11 Linda Wild, US 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

Person of interestAlison Krauss

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
  • 1971-10-26 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1972-04-03 Jennie Garth, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1972-09-01 Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, 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
  • 1973-02-15 Alex Borstein, US actress and animator, born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1973-04-26 Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)
  • 1973-10-31 Tim Byrdak, American baseball player, born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • 1973-11-02 Marisol Nichols, American actress (Riverdale), born in Rogers Park, Illinois

Person of interestSeth Meyers

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 1996), born in LaGrange, Illinois
  • 1974-09-10 Sandra Cacic, tennis star, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1975-02-15 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1975-02-23 Pat Barnes, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Arlington Heights, 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
  • 1977-06-01 Sarah Wayne Callies, American actress (Prison Break, The Walking Dead), born in La Grange, 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)
  • 1977-12-27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois

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