Iowa in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 269

  • 1920-01-18 Constance Moore, American singer & actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1920-03-05 Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Stanton, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • 1920-04-13 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • 1920-06-15 Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1920-08-13 Neville Brand, American soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), born in Griswold, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1921-01-27 Donna Reed, American actress, (From Here to Eternity, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1986)
  • 1921-08-03 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1972)
  • 1921-10-27 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, born in Minburn, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1921-11-20 Jim Garrison, American district attorney, politician and judge, born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1922-02-10 Harold Hughes, American politician, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator, born in Ida County, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • 1922-02-10 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), born near Nevada, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1922-05-07 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1922-06-26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)

Person of interestHarry Reasoner

1923-04-17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1923-04-17 Lloyd Biggle Jr., American sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly), born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1923-07-28 Mary Jane Odell, Iowa, secretary of state
  • 1924-03-15 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1924-04-24 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1924-05-26 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1924-06-27 Paul Conrad, American cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1924-09-06 John Melcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1925-10-05 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), born in Burt, Iowa (d. 2006)

Person of interestJohnny Carson

1925-10-23 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), born in Corning, Iowa (d. 2005)

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 1926-03-11 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1926-04-30 Cloris Leachman, American actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1926-06-07 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1926-08-15 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1926-09-16 Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), born in Alton, Iowa (d. 2015)
  • 1926-10-17 Julie Adams [Betty May Adams], American actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1927-06-21 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, born in Victor, Iowa (d. 2009)
  • 1927-08-30 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1927-09-27 Sada Thompson, American actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2011)
  • 1927-12-03 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1927-12-12 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • 1928-08-21 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1928-11-15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer, born in Audubon, Iowa
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1930-01-08 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Rutland, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1932-03-16 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Creston, Iowa
  • 1932-04-23 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • 1933-01-06 Fred L. Turner, American businessman (CEO of McDonalds, 1977-2004), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1933-09-17 Chuck Grassley, American (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- ), born in New Hartford, Iowa
  • 1934-03-30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1934-06-11 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • 1935-07-17 P D Q Bach, [Peter Schickele], Iowa, composer (5th of Beethoven)
  • 1935-09-24 Paul Eells, American sportscaster ("Voice of the Razorbacks"), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1935-11-15 Jerry Douglas, American director and writer (Grabby Awards Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1936-01-25 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983- ), born in Gutternberg, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1936-03-27 Jerry Lacy, American actor (Play it Again Sam), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1936-08-07 Richard L. Tierney, American sci-fi author (Winds of Zarr), born in Spencer, Iowa
  • 1936-08-28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire, born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1938-03-02 Simon Estes, Centerville Iowa, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)
  • 1938-03-07 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1938-05-11 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1938-11-13 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon), born in Marshaltown, Iowa (d. 1979)
  • 1939-01-20 Paul Coverdell, American politician, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1939-04-07 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1939-04-25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate, born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1939-08-01 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), born in Charles City, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1939-09-27 Jim Ross Lightfoot, American politician (Rep-R-Iowa, 1985-97), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1939-11-19 Thomas Harkin, (Sen-D-Iowa, 1985- )
  • 1940-01-31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1940-03-10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • 1940-03-30 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • 1940-06-25 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1940-12-24 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1942-10-15 Jim Leach, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1942-11-01 Marcia Wallace, American actress (Carol-Bob Newhart Show), born in Creston, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1942-12-14 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), born in Oelwein, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1944-09-23 Loren J Shriver, Iowa, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 51-C, STS 31, STS 46)
  • 1946-02-06 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1946-07-10 Sue Lyon, American actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1946-09-26 Mary Beth Hurt, American actress (Garp, Interiors), born in Marshalltown, Iowa
  • 1946-09-27 T.C. Cannon, Kiowa/Caddo artist (d. 1978)
  • 1946-11-17 Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa
  • 1947-10-01 Stephen Collins, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1948-02-18 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1948-06-02 Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)
  • 1948-06-29 Fred Grandy, American actor (The Love Boat) and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Gable, American 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1949-05-01 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1949-05-28 Steve King, American politician (Rep (R) Iowa 2003-) rebuked for racist comments, born in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • 1949-09-13 Craig McGregor, American rocker (Foghat), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1949-10-04 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1950-01-28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • 1950-03-07 Mark Pinter, Decorah Iowa, actor (Behind the Screen, Another World)
  • 1950-04-14 Randolph Powell, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1950-07-13 George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)
  • 1950-10-11 Thomas Joseph "Tom" Tauke, American politician (House of Representatives, Iowa, 1979-1991), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • 1951-08-19 Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)
  • 1951-12-08 Bill Bryson, American British author (Notes From a Small Island), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1953-04-25 Ron Clements, American animation director (Moana), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1954-09-07 Michael Emerson, American actor (Person of Interest), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1955-02-02 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • 1955-04-29 Kate Mulgrew, American actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • 1957-04-13 Gary Kroeger, American comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1958-05-27 Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)
  • 1959-03-06 Thomas "Tom" Arnold, American actor (Tom, True Lies) and former husband of actress Rosanne Barr, born in Iowa
  • 1960-01-29 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Jack Devaraux-Days of Our Lives), born in Davenport Iowa

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