Gary in History

Historical Events

  • 1945-09-18 1000 whites walk out of Gary, Indiana, schools to protest integration
  • 1954-12-17 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
  • 1967-11-07 Richard G Hatcher elected mayor of Gary, Indiana
  • 1968-07-27 Race Riot in Gary Indiana
  • 1972-03-10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
  • 1991-07-21 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America
  • 1994-10-31 American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-08-19 William Marshall, actor (Blacula, Something of Value), born in Gary, Indiana

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1928-03-14 Frank Borman, American astronaut (Gemini 7, Apollo 8) and CEO of Eastern Air Lines (1975-86), born in Gary, Indiana

Astronaut Frank Borman
Astronaut
Frank Borman
  • 1929-06-13 Ralph McQuarrie, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1935-07-15 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1938-03-05 Fred "Hammer" Williamson, NFLer (Chiefs)/actor (Julia), born in Gary, Indiana

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1943-02-09 Joseph Stiglitz, American economist and Nobel laureate (asymmetric information), born in Gary, Indiana

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz
  • 1950-03-26 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1950-05-29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951-05-04 Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1954-12-11 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1955-01-01 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1955-06-15 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956-05-29 LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1957-03-12 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana

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1958-08-29 Michael Jackson, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1961-10-29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962-02-04 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana

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1966-05-16 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana

  • 1971-01-21 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1971-03-23 Karen McDougal, playmate (Dec, 1997), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1973-01-10 Glenn Robinson, NBA forward (Milw, Olympics-gold-96), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1975-03-03 Albert Fields, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana