Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel is 84. Actress Angie Dickinson is 81. Singer Cissy Houston is 79. Singer Johnny Mathis is 77. Actor Len Cariou is 73. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 69. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is 67. Pop singer Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) is 66. Actor Vondie Curtis-Hall is 62. Actress Victoria Tennant is 62. Actor John Finn is 60. Rock musician John Lombardo is 60. Singer Deborah Allen is 59. Actor Calvin Levels is 58. Actor Barry Williams is 58. Singer Patrice Rushen is 58. Actress Fran Drescher is 55. Country singer Marty Stuart is 54. Actress Debrah Farentino is 53. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 52. Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is 52. Actress Crystal Bernard is 51. Actor Eric Stoltz is 51. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 50. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery-Gentry) is 49. Rock singer Trey Anastasio is 48. Actress Monica Bellucci is 48. Rock musician Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) is 48. Actress Lisa Thornhill is 46. Actress Andrea Roth is 45. Actor Tony Hale is 42. Actress Jenna Elfman is 41. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 38. Actress Marion Cotillard is 37. Actor Stark Sands is 34. Actor Mike Damus is 33. Tennis player Martina Hingis is 32. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 31. Actress Lacey Chabert is 30. Actor Kieran Culkin is 30. Singer-rapper T-Pain is 28.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.