Illinois in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 493

  • 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
  • 1932-07-11 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 (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-28 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1934-06-16 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
  • 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)

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)
  • 1937-05-29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois

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
  • 1939-07-01 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 & 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, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1940-04-20 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, 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)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

1940-12-01 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, 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
  • 1942-02-06 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, 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
  • 1942-06-27 Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Beach Boys, I Write the Songs), 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

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)
  • 1943-09-28 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, 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
  • 1944-03-24 Denny McLain, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1968-69), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, 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 singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 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), 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 L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946-12-22 Rick Nielsen, American 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)
  • 1947-10-15 Lynn Lowry, American actress (Cat People, Crazies), born in East St. Louis, 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
  • 1948-06-14 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 singer (McFadden & Whitehead), 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, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1950-09-03 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X), born in Braidwood, 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, 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-Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951-08-13 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), 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

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