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Abraham LincolnOct 4, 1854

Red GrangeNov 21, 1925

Al CaponeJun 9, 1930

Ray KrocApr 15, 1955

Barack ObamaDec 9, 2008

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Illinois - Historical Events
Date Event
1805-06-05

1st recorded tornado in "Tornado Alley" (Southern Illinois)

1809-02-03

Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)

1810-03-06

Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US

1818-12-03

Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)

1832-06-16

Battle of Kellogg's Grove, Illinois

1832-08-02

Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US

1837-11-07

In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.

1841-04-06

Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois

1846-02-04

Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois for settlement in the west

1850-05-27

Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado

1854-10-04

Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

1858-06-16

Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate

1858-08-21

1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)

1868-03-02

University of Illinois opens

1872-03-22

Illinois becomes 1st state to require sexual equality in employment

1879-01-22

James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota

1887-08-10

Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)

1891-04-01

The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1892-02-02

Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby

1908-08-14

Race riot in Springfield Illinois

1909-11-13

259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois

1912-11-25

American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Illinois

1917-05-27

Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed

1917-07-01

Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)

1918-06-22

Circus train rammed by troop train kills 68 (Ivanhoe Illinois)

1919-08-18

Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago Illinois

1922-06-22

Herrin massacre, 19 strikebreakers and 2 union miners are killed in Herrin, Illinois.

1925-11-21

Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

1926-11-12

The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers

1927-01-07

Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Illinois)

1927-05-14

The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity.

1930-01-22

-35°F (-37°C), Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)

1930-02-15

Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes

1930-06-09

Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1937-03-24

Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)

1938-10-15

Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC

1939-11-04

First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois

1942-06-05

Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

1944-03-18

2,500 women trample guards & floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago Illinois dept store

1946-04-25

"Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48

1946-11-12

A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.

1951-08-11

100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois

1953-01-19

Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

1953-09-29

1st department store to sell insurance is Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois

1954-07-14

117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

1955-04-15

Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)

1955-06-27

1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

1957-06-14

42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

1966-08-27

Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois

1967-07-17

Race riots in Cairo Illinois

1969-09-23

Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead

1969-10-08

The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

1970-12-15

Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.

1971-01-06

Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

1972-09-15

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.

1972-10-30

Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago,Illinois

1973-04-09

Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme

1977-11-02

Microbiologist Carl R. Woese and scientists from the University of Illinois announce the identification of methanogens, a form of microbial life (Archaea) dating back some 3.5 billion years

1979-04-03

Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois

1983-10-13

Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.

1983-10-22

Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.

1984-09-03

28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery

1985-09-22

Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois

1989-04-15

Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois

1990-07-14

Sara Martin, of Illinois, crowned America's Junior Miss

1993-11-29

"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 40 perfs

1994-01-02

"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 perfs

1997-10-04

Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois

1997-10-30

Shirley Allen, 51, held Illinois police off for 39 days captured

2008-02-14

Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.

2008-12-09

The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency

2016-11-09

Tammy Duckworth Unseats Mark Kirk in Illinois Senate Race

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Illinois - Notable Birthdays

William Jennings BryanMar 19, 1860

Jane AddamsSep 6, 1860

Henry BaconNov 28, 1866

George HalasFeb 2, 1895

Gloria SwansonMar 27, 1899

Ernest HemingwayJul 21, 1899

Ray KrocOct 5, 1902

Eddie AlbertApr 22, 1906

Mary AstorMay 3, 1906

Sam GiancanaJun 15, 1908

Jack RubyMar 25, 1911

Betty FriedanFeb 4, 1921

Otto GrahamDec 6, 1921

George MikanJun 18, 1924

Miles DavisMay 26, 1926

Ray NitschkeDec 29, 1936

Raquel WelchSep 5, 1940

Emmett TillJul 25, 1941

John Wayne GacyMar 17, 1942

Ted KaczynskiMay 22, 1942

Harrison FordJul 13, 1942

Tom DreesenSep 11, 1942

Hillary RodhamOct 26, 1947

Bill MurraySep 21, 1950

Robin WilliamsJul 21, 1951

Mike ShanahanAug 24, 1952

Jimmy ConnorsSep 2, 1952

Rickey HendersonDec 25, 1958

Isiah ThomasApr 30, 1961

Kirby PuckettMar 14, 1962

John C. ReillyMay 24, 1965

Marlee MatlinAug 24, 1965

R. KellyJan 8, 1969

Todd MartinJul 8, 1970

Jennifer HudsonSep 12, 1981

Illinois - Birthdays
Date Event
1843-09-25

Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Mattoon Illinois, American Geologist and educator

1855-05-08

John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), West Chicago, Illinois, USA, American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing

1860-03-19

William Jennings Bryan, Salem Illinois, "The Great Commoner" orator/statesman

1860-09-06

Jane Addams, Cedarville, Illinois, pacifist/social worker/feminist (Nobel 1931), (d. 1935)

1866-11-28

Henry Bacon, Watseka Illinois, American architect (Lincoln Memorial)

1876-02-28

John Alden Carpenter, Chicago Illinois, composer (Sea Drift)

1879-10-04

Edward Murray East, Du Quoin Illinois, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn

1880-12-24

Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)

1890-09-06

Clara Kimball Young, Illinois, actress (Return of Chandu)

1891-11-12

Seth Barnes Nicholson, Springfield Illinois, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter

1894-06-20

Lloyd A Hall, Illinois, pioneer in food chemistry

1895-02-02

George Halas, Chicago Illinois, NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears)

1896-04-04

Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)

1897-02-20

Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)

1898-10-07

Alfred Wallenstein, Chicago Illinois, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29)

1899-03-27

Gloria Swanson, Chicago Illinois, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly)

1899-07-21

Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park Illinois, author ('for whom the bell tolled... ', Nobel 1954), (d. 1961)

1900-08-02

Helen Morgan [Riggins], Danville, Illinois, American singer/actress (Applause, Show Boat)

1900-08-08

Victor Young, Chicago Illinois, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California)

1902-10-05

Ray Kroc, Oak Park, Illinois, fast food entrepreneur (McDonalds), (d. 1984)

1903-06-13

Harold "Red" Grange, Forksville Pennsylvania, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears)

1905-01-01

Charles Melvin Price, East St. Louis, Illinois, a longtime member of the US House of Representatives

1905-02-12

Harry Bellaver, Illinois, US, actor (Sgt Arcaro-Naked City)

1906-04-22

Eddie Albert, [Heimberger], Rock Island Illinois, actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres)

1906-05-03

Mary Astor, Quincy Illinois, actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky)

1907-02-22

Robert Young, Chicago Illinois, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD)

1907-09-08

Gavin Muir, Chicago Illinois, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show)

1908-06-15

Sam Giancana, Chicago Illinois, American mafioso

1908-08-30

Fred MacMurray, Kankakee, Illinois, American actor (Double Indemnity, My Three Sons)

1909-01-30

Saul David Alinsky, Chicago Illinois, radical writer (John L Lewis)

1911-03-25

Jack Ruby, Chicago Illinois, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald

1911-12-26

Steve Kordek, Chicago, Illinois, pinball machine designer, (d. 2012)

1912-06-27

Audrey Christie, Chicago Illinois, actress (Dorothy-Fair Exchange)

1913-01-02

Gardner Read, Evanston, Illinois, composer

1913-05-18

Mary Howard, Abe Lincoln in Illinois

1914-09-14

Clayton Moore, Chicago Illinois, American actor (d. 1999)

1914-12-14

Rosalyn Tureck, Chicago Illinois, pianist (Bach & Rock)

1915-02-11

Richard Hamming, Chicago Illinois, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code)

1915-08-16

Al Hibbler, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

1915-08-19

Ring Lardner Jr, Chicago, Illinois, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H)

1916-03-31

John Vivyan, Chicago Illinois, actor (Imitation of Life, Mr Lucky)

1917-10-13

Burr Tillstrom, Chicago Illinois, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie)

1918-09-14

Jack Somack, Chicago Illinois, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show)

1919-06-14

Sam Wanamaker, Chicago Illinois, actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal)

1920-04-12

Robert Fizdale, Chicago Illinois, pianist (Misia)

1920-04-20

John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )

1921-02-04

Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)

1921-12-06

Otto Graham, Waukegan Illinois, NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns)

1922-05-28

Barney Rosset, Chicago, Illinois, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer), (d. 2012)

1922-06-04

Irwin Bazelon, Evanston Illinois, composer (Duo for Viola)

1922-09-01

Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)

1922-10-31

Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist (d. 2004)

1922-10-31

Illinois Jacquet, High Fidelity

1922-12-12

Cecil Payne, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

1923-01-08

Giorgio Tozzi, Chicago Illinois, basso

1924-04-06

Dorothy Donegan, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

1924-06-07

Dolores Gray, Chicago Illinois, singer/actress (Designing Woman, Kismet)

1924-06-18

George Mikan, Joliet Illinois, NBA center (6-time all-pro)

1924-10-15

Mark Lenard, Chicago, Illinois, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek)

1926-05-26

Miles Davis, Alton, Illinois, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (d. 1991)

1926-09-15

Edward Derwinski, Chicago, Illinois, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992

1927-06-30

James Goldman, Chicago, Illinois, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants)

1927-07-27

Allen Breed, Chicago, Illinois, USA, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor

1927-12-17

Richard Long, Chicago Illinois, actor (Prof-Nanny & the Professor)

1928-11-15

William Heirens, Evanston, Illinois, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), (d. 2012)

1928-12-15

Jimmy Nelson, Chicago Illinois, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel)

1928-12-16

Philip K[indred] Dick, Chicago Illinois, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner)

1930-03-19

Bill Henderson, Chicago Illinois, jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams)

1930-09-19

Bullett Bob Turley, Troy, Illinois, MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), (d. 2013)

1930-12-18

Bill Skowron [Moose], Chicago, Illinois, MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), (d. 2012)

1931-02-16

George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)

1931-07-15

Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, writer (Raise The Titantic, Sahara)

1931-09-04

Mitzi Gaynor, Chicago Illinois, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific)

1931-09-24

Cardiss Collins, (Rep-D-Illinois, 1973-97), (d. 2013)

1932-04-22

Michael Colgrass, Chicago Illinois, composer (Best Wishes)

1933-12-01

Lou Rawls, Chicago Illinois, vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), (d. 2006)

1934-02-22

Thomas Paul, Chicago Illinois, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70)

1934-09-05

Carol Lawrence, Illinois, dancer/actress (West Side Story)

1935-01-10

Sherrill Milnes, Hinsdale Illinois, baritone

1935-08-29

William Friedkin, Chicago, Illinois, American director/producer/writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection)

1935-09-19

Thomas W Ewing, (Rep-R-Illinois)

1936-12-29

Ray Nitschke, Elmwood Park Illinois, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers)

1937-02-20

David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)

1937-03-17

Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], Chicago, Illinois, mafia hitman, (d. 2012)

1937-03-26

Barbara Pearl Jones, Chicago Illinois, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1952, 60)

1939-01-21

Mary Ellen McAnally, Illinois, poet (Dance of the Zygotes)

1939-11-19

Garrick Utley, Chicago Illinois, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend)

1940-09-05

Raquel Welch, Chicago Illinois, (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles)

1940-12-11

Donna Mills, Chicago, Illinois, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident)

1941-05-04

George Will, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)

1941-07-25

Emmett Till, Chicago Illinois, American lynching victim

1942-03-17

John Wayne Gacy, Chicago Illinois, serial killer (32 boys)

1942-05-22

[Theodore] Ted Kaczynski, Evergreen Park Illinois, American terrorist (Unabomber)

1942-07-13

Harrison Ford, Chicago Illinois, actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)

1942-09-11

Tom Dreesen, Harvey, Illinois, comedian (Tim Ried's partner)

1943-03-26

Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)

1943-08-18

Martin Mull, Chicago Illinois, actor/comedian (Bad Manners, Flick, Serial)

1944-09-18

Charles Lacy Veach, Chicago Illinois, astronaut (STS 39, STS 52)

1945-10-30

Glenn Poshard, (Rep-D-Illinois)

1946-11-23

Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)

1947-08-16

Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)

1947-10-12

Chris Wallace, Chicago Illinois, newscaster (NBC Weekend News)

1947-10-26

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chicago, Illinois, First Lady (1993-2001), Senator (New York, 2001-2009), Secretary of State (2009-2013)

1949-09-25

Jerry F Costello, (Rep-D-Illinois)

1950-04-15

Amy Wright, Chicago Illinois, actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist)

1950-09-21

Bill Murray, Evanston Ill, Wilmette, Illinois, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters)

1951-07-21

Robin Williams, Chicago, Illinois, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting)

1951-10-05

Karen Allen, Illinois, actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers)

1952-04-29

Nora Dunn, Chicago Illinois, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl)

1952-07-14

Stan Shaw, Chicago Illinois, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation)

1952-08-24

Mike Shanahan, Oak Park Illinois, American football coach (Denver Broncos)

1952-09-02

[James] Jimmy Connors, St. Louis Illinois, US tennis champion (US Open-78, 82, 83 Wimbledon-74, 82)

1954-08-12

Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], Chicago, Illinois, American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red)

1955-05-26

Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)

1955-06-16

Laurie Metcalf, Carbonville Illinois, actress (Jackie-Roseanne)

1955-09-10

Charlotte Lewis, Chicago Illinois, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1976)

1956-01-07

Rosalyn Bryant, Chicago Illinois, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1976)

1956-09-20

Gary Cole, Park Ridge, Illinois, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller)

1956-11-07

Judy Tenuta, Chicago, Illinois, American comedian

1958-09-20

Marty Schiene, Chicago Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Illinois Open)

1958-12-25

Rickey Henderson, Chicago Illinois, MLB outfielder (stolen base king, A's, Yanks)

1960-01-13

Kevin Anderson, Gurnee, Illinois, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy)

1960-11-04

Kathy Griffin, Chicago, Illinois, American comedienne (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List)

1960-12-03

Daryl Hannah, Chicago, Illinois, American actress (Splash, Blade Runner)

1961-04-30

Isiah Thomas, Chicago Illinois, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP)

1961-09-13

Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois

1962-03-14

[Anthony] Kirby Puckett, Chicago Illinois, MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins)

1962-10-05

Mike Conley, Chicago Illinois, triple jumper (Olympic-silver-1984)

1962-10-11

Joan Cusack, Evanston Illinois, actress (SNL, Addams Family Values)

1963-01-15

Yaro Dachniwsky, Chicago Illinois, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996)

1964-08-06

Moosie Drier, Chicago Illinois, actor (Laugh-in)

1964-11-04

Douglas Wilson, Illinois: County Road

1964-12-23

Eddie Vedder, Evanston, Illinois, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)

1965-05-24

John C. Reilly, Chicago, Illinois, American actor (Chicago, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)

1965-08-24

Marlee Matlin, Morton Grove Illinois, deaf actress (Children of Lesser God-Acad Award)

1965-08-25

Kathleen Horvath, Chicago Illinois, tennis player (French Open Jr 1980)

1966-03-04

Mike Small, Aurora Illinois, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Emerald Coast)

1967-05-11

Kenneth Gould, Chicago Illinois, Welterweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1988)

1968-06-18

John Lumkes, Chicago Illinois, 3k steeplechase runner

1969-01-08

R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], Chicago, Illinois, American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly)

1969-04-19

James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner

1970-07-08

Todd Martin, Hinsdale Illinois, tennis star (1988 USTA Boys' 18)

1971-11-29

Bernadette Przybycien, Miss Illinois USA (1996)

1973-02-08

Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner

1973-04-26

Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)

1975-07-03

Jennifer Salinas, Miss USA-Illinois (1997)

1977-06-29

Tania Joy Gibson, Lake Barrington Ill, Miss America-Illinois (1997)

1978-02-16

Caroline Hunt, Chicago Illinois, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)

1978-07-01

Eisa Istok, Miss Illinois Teen USA (1996)

1978-10-10

Autumn Waterbury, Miss Illinois Teen USA (2nd-1997)

1979-12-17

Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star

1981-09-12

Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Illinois, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson)

1985-03-01

Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player

1986-11-08

Aaron H. Swartz, Chicago, Illinois, computer programmer and internet activist (Demand Progress), (d. 2013)

Illinois - Notable Weddings

Mary Todd LincolnNov 4, 1842

Mike WallaceMar 11, 1949

Neil ArmstrongJan 28, 1956

Martin ScorseseDec 30, 1975

Roger GoodellOct 25, 1997

Vince VaughnJan 2, 2010

Illinois - Weddings
Date Event
1842-11-04

U.S. first lady Mary Todd Lincoln (23) weds US president Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois

1949-03-11

CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

1956-01-28

Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

1975-12-30

Director Martin Scorsese (33) weds teacher and author Julia Cameron (27) in Libertyville, Illinois

1996-05-25

Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois

1997-10-25

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

2006-05-29

"America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois

2008-12-31

Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois

2009-05-15

Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft (32) weds Chicago's public relations executive Joe Waterman (35) at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois

2010-01-02

Actor Vince Vaughn (39) weds realtor Kyla Weber in Lake Forest, Illinois

2011-08-13

"The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd (44) weds TV writer Lamar Sally at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Illinois - Notable Deaths

John Wayne GacyMay 10, 1994

Illinois - Deaths
Date Event
1881-09-22

Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)

1902-03-12

John Peter Altgeld, German/US governor of Illinois, dies at 54

1955-11-14

Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59

1966-06-24

W. Kimpton, Abe Lincoln in Illinois

1992-02-12

Dorothy Tree, actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies

1994-05-10

John Wayne Gacy, mass murderer, executed in Illinois at 52

1998-05-19

Dorothy Donegan, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

2001-04-24

Al Hibbler, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

2003-12-09

Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)

2004-07-22

Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)

2004-07-22

Illinois Jacquet, High Fidelity

2007-11-27

Cecil Payne, Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

2009-06-06

Mary Howard, Abe Lincoln in Illinois


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