Actor Russell Johnson is 88. Film composer Ennio Morricone is 84. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 78. Actor Albert Hall is 75. Country singer Donna Fargo is 71. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is 69. Lyricist Tim Rice is 68. Rock singer-musician Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 65. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 63. Actor Jack Scalia is 62. Movie director Roland Emmerich is 57. Actor Matt Craven is 56. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 56. Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 53. Author Neil Gaiman is 52. Actress Vanessa Angel is 49. Actor Hugh Bonneville (TV: "Downton Abbey") is 49. Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson is 49. Actor Michael Jai White is 48. Country singer Chris Cagle is 44. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is 44. Actress Ellen Pompeo (TV: "Grey's Anatomy") is 43. Rapper-producer Warren G is 42. Actor Walton Goggins is 41. Comedian-actor Chris Lilley is 38. Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Rapper Eve is 34. Rock musician Chris Joannou (Silverchair) is 33. Actor Bryan Neal is 32. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 30. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 29. Actor Josh Peck is 26. Actress Kiernan Shipka (TV: "Mad Men") is 13. Actress Mackenzie Foy (Film: the "Twilight" films) is 12.
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.