Actress Madeleine Sherwood is 90. Journalist-author Peter Arnett is 78. Producer-director Garry Marshall is 78. Actor Jimmy Hawkins is 71. Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is 66. Actor Joe Mantegna is 65. Actress Sheila Frazier is 64. Actress Frances Conroy is 59. Musician Andrew Ranken (The Pogues) is 59. Actress Tracy Scoggins is 59. Actor Chris Noth is 58. Actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg is 57. Actor Rex Linn is 56. Actress Caroline Goodall is 53. Actor Neil Flynn is 52. Former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde is 49. Rock musician Walter Kibby (Fishbone) is 48. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is 45. Actor Steve Zahn is 45. Actor Gerard Butler is 43. Writer-activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is 43. Actor Jordan Bridges is 39. Actress Aisha Hinds is 37. Rock musician Nikolai Fraiture is 34. NBA player Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) is 33. Actress Monique Coleman is 32.
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.