Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 90. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 84. Former MLB All-Star Jimmy Piersall is 83. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 79. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 78. Composer Wendy Carlos is 73. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 65. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 65. Britain's Prince Charles is 64. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 63. Singer Stephen Bishop is 61. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 58. Pianist Yanni is 58. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 58. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 56. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 51. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 51. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 48. Actor Patrick Warburton is 48. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 48. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 48. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 47. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 46. Rock musician Brian Yale is 44. Rock singer Butch Walker is 43. Actor Josh Duhamel is 40. Rock musician Travis Barker is 37. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 37. Actor Brian Dietzen (TV: "NCIS") is 35. Rapper Shyheim is 35. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 33. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 33. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 21.
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.