Indiana in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 216

  • 1925-01-31 Charles Aidman, American TV narrator (New Twilight Zone), born in Frankfort, Indiana
  • 1925-12-13 Henry Charles Gordon, engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Valparaiso, Indiana
  • 1926-04-03 Virgil Grissom, U.S. 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)
  • 1928-01-22 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution born in Terre Haute, Indiana

Person of interestFrank Borman

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
  • 1928-09-04 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1928-12-31 Ross Barbour, singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1929-06-13 Ralph McQuarrie, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-08-07 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana

Person of interestSteve 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)

Person of interestJames 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)

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

Person of interestJim Jones

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

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • 1931-05-25 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, South Bend Indiana, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1934-02-14 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)

Person of interestSydney Pollack

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

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • 1937-06-11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937-09-06 Jo Anne Worley, American comedienne (Laugh-in), born in Lowell, Indiana
  • 1938-08-25 David Canary, actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), born in Elwood, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1939-01-10 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • 1939-06-12 Francis 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, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1941-07-18 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941-08-14 Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
  • 1941-10-09 Brian Lamb, American Founder of c-span, born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1942-02-13 Donald E Williams, Capt USN/astro (STS 51D, STS 34), born in Lafayette, Indiana

Person of interestHarrison 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

Person of interestJoseph Stiglitz

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

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz

Person of interestGeorge Lucas

1944-05-14 George Lucas, American director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), born in Modesto, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 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)

Person of interestJim Davis

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

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis
  • 1945-08-22 Steve Kroft, American journalist and longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes, born in Kokomo Indiana
  • 1946-03-05 Michael Warren, Indiana, actor (Bobby Hill-Hill Street Blues)
  • 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, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1948-03-22 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1948-10-08 Sarah Purcell, actress/TV hostess (Real People), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1949-08-13 Peter J Visclosky, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- )
  • 1949-08-23 Shelley Long, american actress (Diane in Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 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], American rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951-05-04 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • 1951-08-21 Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1951-10-07 John Cougar Mellencamp, American musician, actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1952-01-13 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1952-07-15 Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • 1953-04-24 John P. Hiler, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1981-91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-09-29 Drake Hogestyn, Ft Wayne Indiana, actor (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • 1953-11-03 Kate Capshaw [Nail], American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1953-12-06 Kin Shriner, Indiana, actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals)
  • 1953-12-06 Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

1954-10-10 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen), born in Bloomington Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1954-12-11 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1954-12-25 Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
  • 1955-01-01 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1955-05-07 Peter Reckell, American actor (Days of our Lifes), born in Elkhart, 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
  • 1956-10-08 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • 1956-10-08 Larry Crane, Seymour, Indiana, American rocker (John Mellencamp band)
  • 1956-10-30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • 1956-12-09 Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)
  • 1957-03-12 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1957-04-10 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2006)

Person of interestMichael Jackson

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

Person of interestMike Pence

1959-06-07 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • 1959-06-16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • 1961-04-20 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 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
  • 1962-03-09 Brian Green, American actor (Sam Fowler-Another World), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1964-06-23 Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1965-08-11 Embeth Davidtz, American actress (Bicentennial Man, Schindler's List), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1965-10-11 Sean Patrick Flanery, actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder)
  • 1966-01-25 Richie Lewis, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Muncie, Indiana

Person of interestJanet Jackson

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

  • 1967-05-31 Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968-11-06 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1970-10-08 David Doster, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1970-10-18 Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
  • 1970-11-02 Sharmell Sullivan, American professional wrestling valet, 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
  • 1971-07-20 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1971-11-03 Tricia Carolyn Nosko, Miss USA-Indiana (1997)
  • 1972-01-08 Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • 1972-02-17 Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Ft Wayne Indiana

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