Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 73. Actress Britt Ekland is 70. Singer Millie Small is 66. The president of Sinn Fein (shin fayn), Gerry Adams, is 64. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 63. Musician Sid McGinnis (TV: "Late Show with David Letterman") is 63. CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves is 63. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 61. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 58. Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy is 57. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 49. Singer Matthew Sweet is 48. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 46. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 46. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 46. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 42. Actress Emily Mortimer is 41. Actor Lamman Rucker is 41. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 39. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle (TV: "American Idol") is 35. Actor Wes Ramsey is 35.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.