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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.