Iowa in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 208

  • 1925-10-23 Johnny Carson, Corning Iowa, comedian (Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust)
  • 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
  • 1926-10-17 Julie Adams [Betty May Adams], American actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1927-08-30 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1927-09-27 Sada Thompson, American actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2011)
  • 1927-12-03 Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) (d. 2012)
  • 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
  • 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 Charles E Grassley, (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- )
  • 1934-03-30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935-07-17 P D Q Bach, [Peter Schickele], Iowa, composer (5th of Beethoven)
  • 1935-11-15 Jerry Douglas, American director and writer (Grabby Awards Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1936-03-27 Jerry Lacy, American actor (Play it Again Sam), born in Sioux City, 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)
  • 1939-04-25 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, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1985- )
  • 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)
  • 1940-12-24 Sharon Farrell, Sioux City, Iowa, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)
  • 1942-10-15 James A Leach, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1977- )
  • 1942-11-01 Marcia Wallace, actress (Carol-Bob Newhart Show), born in Creston, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1942-12-14 Dick Wagner, 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)
  • 1946-07-10 Sue Lyon, Davenport Iowa, actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana)
  • 1946-09-26 Mary Beth Hurt, [Mary Supinger], Iowa, actress (Garp, Interiors)
  • 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, Sioux City IA, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1986- )/actor (Love Boat)
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Gable, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949-05-01 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), 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 J "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)
  • 1955-02-02 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • 1955-04-29 Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1957-04-13 Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog)
  • 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
  • 1960-02-09 Peggy Whitson, American astronaut, 1st woman to command International Space Station, US record for most days in space, born in Mt Ayr, Iowa
  • 1960-06-27 Jim Nussle, (Rep-R-Iowa)
  • 1960-10-20 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • 1961-01-05 Curt Bader, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 1961-03-10 Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut
  • 1962-02-25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962-04-11 Terry Hoage, American NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1962-04-17 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963-03-09 Kent Ferguson, American diver (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1963-11-19 Terry Farrell, actress (Paper Dolls, Jadzia Dax-STDS9), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1964-02-06 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1964-02-18 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1964-05-14 James M Kelly, Capt USAF/astronaut, born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1966-01-25 Chet Culver, American politician, governor of Iowa
  • 1967-05-14 Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, 400m runner, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1968-01-22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968-02-10 Ryan Bowen, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Fort Madison, Iowa
  • 1968-07-24 Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1969-07-05 John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1969-11-06 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1970-02-11 Jason Allyn Scott, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970-03-01 Lisa Eagen, Harlan Iowa, team handball wing/back court (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-03-03 Shawn Marie Brogan, Miss USA-Iowa (1997)
  • 1970-03-24 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • 1970-04-02 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1970-06-13 Lance Ringnald, US gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970-09-29 Luke Bodensteiner, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971-02-15 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1972-01-28 Carey Bender, American former NFL running back (Buffalo Bills), born in Marion, Iowa
  • 1972-04-04 Matt Wagner, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1972-10-24 Natasha Ann Courter, Davenport Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1997)
  • 1973-10-26 Brian Smith, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1974-07-10 Jennifer Montica Curry, Muscatine Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1996)
  • 1975-04-10 Eric Den Besten, American rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-03-28 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers), born in Pella, Iowa

Person of interestAshton Kutcher

1978-02-07 Ashton Kutcher, American actor (That 70s Show), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • 1978-02-14 Danai Gurira, American actress and playwright (The Walking Dead, Black Panther), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • 1978-04-12 Riley Smith, American actor, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1979-04-12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa

Person of interestElijah Wood

1981-01-28 Elijah Wood, American actor (Good Son, The Lord of the Rings), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • 1981-07-28 Billy Aaron Brown, American actor, born in Clarinda, Iowa
  • 1981-11-28 Sharon Needles [Aaron Coady], American drag queen, recording artist and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner), born in Newton, Iowa

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