Dancer-choreographer Nicholas Royce is 87. Comedian Jonathan Winters is 87. Jazz singer-musician Mose Allison is 85. Actress Bibi Andersson is 77. Country singer Narvel Felts is 74. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 72. Americana roots singer/songwriter Chris Smither is 68. Rock singer-musician Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) is 67. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 67. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 61. Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 61. Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 59. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 59. Rock singer Dave Alvin is 57. Rock musician Ian Craig Marsh (Human League; Heaven 17) is 56. Actor Stanley Tucci is 52. Actress Demi Moore is 50. Actress Calista Flockhart is 48. Actor Philip McKeon is 48. Rock musician Scott Mercado is 48. Actor Frank John Hughes is 45. TV personality Carson Kressley is 43. Actor David DeLuise is 41. Actor Adam Beach is 40. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 38. Rock musician Jonathan Pretus (Cowboy Mouth) is 31. NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez is 26. Actress Christa B. Allen is 21. Actor Ian Patrick (TV: "The Neighbors") is 10.
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.