Illinois in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 372

  • 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
  • 1944-03-24 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, 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
  • 1948-06-14 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1948-07-19 Beverly Archer, American actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1948-08-23 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1948-12-22 Lynne Thigpen, US 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)
  • 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, 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
  • 1951-10-05 Karen Allen, American actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers), born in Carrollton, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1953-09-05 Paulie Carmen, American rock vocalist (Champaign), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1953-12-09 John Malkovich, actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1954-07-16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American activist and politician, born in Eldorado, 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
  • 1956-06-27 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, 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
  • 1957-07-23 Larry Stefanki, American tennis star, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1957-07-29 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
  • 1958-09-02 Marlene Janssen, playmate (Nov, 1982), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1958-11-17 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (Color of Money), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1959-08-15 Scott D Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, 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
  • 1961-04-26 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, 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, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1962-03-24 Penny Hammel, LPGA golfer (Jamie Farr Toledo-1985, 89), born in Decatur, 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
  • 1964-07-25 Tony Granato, American NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1964-10-14 Joe Girardi, catcher (NY Yankees), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1965-06-14 Trina Shoemaker, American mixer, record producer, and sound engineer (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), born in Joliet, 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
  • 1965-10-25 Steve Decker, catcher (SF Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1966-03-03 Noelle Daghe, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-21st), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 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

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