Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 85. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 80. Movie critic Rex Reed is 74. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 67. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 66. Actor Avery Brooks is 64. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 64. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 63. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 62. Singer-actor Sting is 61. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 58. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 58. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 54. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 54. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 50. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 45. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 45. Country singer Kelly Willis is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 42. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa (TV: "Live with Kelly and Michael") is 42. Singer Tiffany is 41. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 39. Actor Efren Ramirez is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 39. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 36. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 30. Rock singer Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) is 24.
Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).