Illinois in History (Part 4)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 493


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 player (8-time Grand Slam winner), born in St. Louis, Illinois

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1953-04-19 Ruby Wax, British actress (Girls on Top), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1953-05-03 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1953-05-25 D. A. Weibring Jr, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2008), born in Quincy Illinois
  • 1953-09-05 Paulie Carmen, American rock vocalist (Champaign), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1953-12-09 John Malkovich, American actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1954-07-16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American activist and politician, born in Eldorado, Illinois
  • 1954-08-20 Quinn Buckner, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phoenix, 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
  • 1955-05-05 Melinda Culea, American actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • 1955-06-16 Laurie Metcalf, American actress (Roseanne, Ladybird), born in Carbonville, Illinois
  • 1955-09-16 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 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, American 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, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • 1956-12-30 Suzy Bogguss, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1957-01-25 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, 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
  • 1957-09-04 Patricia Tallman, American actress, born in Pontiac, Illinois
  • 1957-10-11 Paul Sereno, American paleontologist (discovered several new dinosaur species), born in Aurora, Illinois
  • 1958-05-31 Gary Hallberg, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • 1958-11-17 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (Color of Money), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1959-03-08 Aidan Quinn, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Elementary), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1959-05-05 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor (Mark & Brian), born in Cambridge, 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
  • 1960-01-19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1960-04-10 Julie Fulton, American actress (Lime Steel), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1960-12-11 Mary Beth Zimmerman, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Mount Vernon, 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
  • 1961-06-01 John Huston, American golfer (US Masters 1990 3rd, 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • 1961-07-18 Elizabeth McGovern, American actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, 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
  • 1961-10-10 Jodi Benson, American voice actress (Ariel-The Little Mermaid), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1962-01-10 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962-02-27 Adam Baldwin, American actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard), born in Winnetka, Illinois
  • 1962-03-24 Penny Hammel, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), 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
  • 1962-06-13 Hannah Storm, American sports journalist (CNN, NBC), born in Oak 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
  • 1962-10-12 Carlos Bernard, American actor (24), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962-11-10 Cathy Boswell, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1963-01-05 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963-04-13 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1963-04-17 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1963-05-03 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1963-12-28 Malcolm Gets, American actor (Richard Karinsky-Caroline In the City), born in Waukegan, 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
  • 1964-08-13 Tom Prince, American MLB catcher (LA Dodgers), born in Kankakee, Illinois
  • 1964-10-06 Tom Jager, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92; 50m freestyle world record x 6), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1964-10-11 Michael J. Nelson, American actor (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in St. Charles, 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
  • 1965-04-16 Caren Kemner, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Quincy, 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, American baseball catcher (SF Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1965-12-24 Nancy Reno, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1966-07-07 Jim Gaffigan, American comedian (Mr Universe), born in Elgin, Illinois
  • 1966-09-24 Kevin Koslofski, American MLB outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), bon in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1966-10-03 Darrin Fletcher, American baseball catcher and broadcaster (Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1966-10-28 Andy Richter, American actor, comedian and writer (Conan O'Brien's sidekick), born in Yorkville, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1967-04-19 Steven H. Silver, American sci-fi editor, born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1967-07-27 Jeff Novak, American NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1967-10-10 Frank Wainright, American football tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1967-10-11 Dennis Vaske, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1968-03-12 Tammy Duckworth, American politician (D) Senator Illinois (2017-), former Lieutenant Colonel, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1968-07-07 Amy Carlson, American actress (Blue Bloods, Third Watch), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1968-08-01 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed), born in Oak Lawn, 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
  • 1968-10-10 Nancy Brookhart, American WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1968-11-01 Kent Graham, American NFL quarterback (New York Giants), born in Winfield, Illinois
  • 1969-03-25 Dan Wilson, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-06-07 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-06-26 Mike Myers, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-07-06 Brian Van Holt, American actor (Bo Sinclair-House of Wax), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1969-09-24 Lisa Matthews, American Playboy model (Apr, 1990, Playmate of the Year 1991), born in Peoria, Illinois

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