Illinois History Minutes

September 20 Illinois History Minute


It’s September 21st, and on this day in 1901, a University of Illinois freshman resorted to gunfire to ward off a hazing attack. E. Clyde Conard fired a gun when upperclassmen threatened to cut off his mustache at the campus Dining Hall. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Comedian and actor Bill Murray was born on this day in 1950 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. . Murray grew up in Wilmette. After dropping out of college, he followed his brother, writer and comedian Brian Doyle-Murray, to Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe. Then he followed his brother to New York, where he eventually joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. A movie career followed, with Murray starring in a string of comedies. One such movie was 1984’s “Ghostbusters”, where Murray’s character warns the mayor of New York City of a paranormal outbreak: “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!”