Illinois History Minutes

September 13 Illinois History Minute


It’s September 13th, the day that writer Sherwood Anderson was born in Ohio in 1876. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Anderson left behind a marriage and a business career, and moved to Chicago to concentrate on writing. His first two novels were about men who move to Chicago to work out their problems. Anderson drew on his home state memories for his best-known work --- Winesburg Ohio, a sequence of short stories casting a critical gaze on small town life.

The band Chicago had its first number one hit in America, with the song "If You Leave Me Now" in 1976. It was written and sung by original band member Peter Cetera, who was born in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood on this day in 1944.