Indiana in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 300

  • 1913-09-05 Kathleen Burke, American actress (Island of Lost Souls), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 1980)
  • 1914-04-17 George Davis, American art director (20th Century Fox), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • 1914-04-23 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1914-04-25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1915-01-05 Mabel Leigh, British potter (Shorter and Son), born in Coatesville, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • 1915-10-09 Clifford M. Hardin, American politician (17th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture), born in Knightstown, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1916-01-10 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1916-02-15 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (Our Miss Brooks: The Lucy Show), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • 1916-03-08 John W. Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer, born in Newburgh, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1917-11-06 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1918-01-26 Philip José Farmer, Terre Haute Indiana, American sci-fi novelist (Riverworld)
  • 1918-06-06 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), born in New Castle, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1918-11-24 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), born in Carroll County, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1919-02-12 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), born in Plainfield, Indiana (d. 1986)

Strother Martin

1919-03-26 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1980)

Tom Harmon

1919-09-28 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)

  • 1920-12-28 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • 1921-12-05 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1922-03-10 Adam Kennedy, American actor (The Californians) screenwriter (The Domino Principle), novelist (Just Like Humphrey Bogart), and painter, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1922-06-22 Bill Blass, American fashion designer (dressed Nancy Reagan), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2002)

Eugene Stoner

1922-11-22 Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and inventor of the M16, born in Gosport, Indiana (d. 1997)

  • 1923-05-07 Anne Baxter, American actress, (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), and singer, born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1923-08-21 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • 1923-10-23 Ned Rorem, American composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1923-12-28 Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1924-03-09 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), born in Huntington, Indiana (d.2006)

Gil Hodges

1924-04-04 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

  • 1924-04-23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • 1924-08-19 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1925-01-31 Charles Aidman, American TV narrator (New Twilight Zone), born in Frankfort, Indiana
  • 1925-12-23 Henry Charles Gordon, American engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Valparaiso, Indiana (d. 1996)
  • 1926-04-03 Virgil Grissom, US Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1967)
  • 1926-08-22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1926-11-01 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1926-12-13 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1927-04-19 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • 1927-11-13 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1928-01-22 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution, born in Terre Haute, Indiana

Frank Borman

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

  • 1928-09-04 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1928-12-31 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1929-06-13 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-06-27 Dick the Bruiser [William Fritz Afflis], American professional wrestler, born in Delphi, Indiana (d. 1991)
  • 1929-08-07 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2020)

Steve McQueen

1930-03-24 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana (d. 1980)

Sean Connery

1930-08-25 Sir Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)

  • 1930-11-24 Bob Friend, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2019)

James Dean

1931-02-08 James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, born in Marion, Indiana (d. 1955)

  • 1931-04-20 Lee H. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Daytona Beach, Florida

Jim Jones

1931-05-13 Jim Jones, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana (d. 1978)

  • 1931-05-24 Donald Phelps, American actor (Ghost Ship), born in Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1932-04-27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1932-06-22 Amrish Puri, Indian actor (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom- Mola Ram, Mr. India- Mogambo), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2005)
  • 1932-10-19 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1986) [1]
  • 1932-11-02 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), born in Logansport, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933-10-02 Phill Niblock, American composer, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1934-02-14 Florence Henderson, American actress (The Brady Bunch - "Carol"), and singer, born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)

Sydney Pollack

1934-07-01 Sydney Pollack, American director, actor and producer (Tootsie, Out of Africa), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2008)

  • 1934-08-20 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1935-05-30 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1936-09-14 Ferid Murad, American physician and pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), born in Whiting, Indiana
  • 1937-06-11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-27 Joseph P. Allen, American NASA astronaut (STS-5, STS 51A), born in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • 1937-09-06 Jo Anne Worley, American comedienne (Laugh-in), born in Lowell, Indiana
  • 1938-08-25 David Canary, actor (Bonanza, All My Children), born in Elwood, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1939-01-10 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • 1939-06-12 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1940-08-22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • 1940-10-25 Bobby Knight, American college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • 1941-07-01 Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe), born in Portland, Indiana
  • 1941-07-18 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941-08-14 Connie Smith, American singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1941-10-09 Brian Lamb, American founder of c-span, born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1942-02-13 Donald E. Williams, American US naval officer & NASA astronaut (STS 51D, STS 34), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2016)

Harrison Ford

1942-07-13 Harrison Ford, American actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1942-07-15 Philip R Sharp, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1975- )
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana

Joseph Stiglitz

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

Tommy John

1943-05-22 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana

George Lucas

1944-05-14 George Lucas, American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Star Wars; Indiana Jones; American Graffiti), born in Modesto, California

  • 1944-06-20 Terry Funk, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1944-11-13 Timmy Thomas, American singer and songwriter ("Why Can't We Live Together"), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1945-07-10 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2016)

Jim Davis

1945-07-28 Jim Davis, American cartoonist and creator of the comic strips "Garfield" and "U.S. Acres", born in Marion, Indiana

  • 1945-08-22 Steve Kroft, American journalist and longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes, born in Kokomo Indiana
  • 1945-10-16 Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1946-01-25 Ronnie Brandon, American rocker (McCoys), born in Union City, Indiana
  • 1946-03-05 Michael Warren, American actor (Hill Street Blues - "Bobby Hill"), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1946-10-08 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1947-06-08 Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist (Nobel 1995), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1947-12-19 Janie Fricke, American country music singer ("It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy"), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • 1948-01-03 Larry McNeeley, American bluegrass and session banjo player (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1948-01-20 Jerry Ross, American Air Force officer & NASA astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88), born in Crown Point, Indiana
  • 1948-03-22 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band: McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1948-08-29 Charles David Walker, American engineer and astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • 1948-10-02 Avery Brooks, American actor (Spenser for Hire, Deep Space 9), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1948-10-08 Sarah Purcell, American actress and TV hostess (Real People), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1949-04-10 Eric Troyer, American musician (ELO Part II, The Orchestra), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1949-08-13 Peter Visclosky, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985-2021), born in Gary, Indiana

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