Judge Joseph Wapner is 93. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 87. Actor Ed Asner is 83. Actor John Kerr is 81. Singer Petula Clark is 80. Comedian Jack Burns is 79. Actress Joanna Barnes is 78. Actor Yaphet Kotto is 73. Actor Sam Waterston is 72. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 70. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 67. Actor Bob Gunton is 67. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is 65. Director-actor James Widdoes is 59. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 58. Fox News reporter John Roberts is 56. Former "Jay Leno Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 55. Comedian Judy Gold is 50. Actress Rachel True is 46. Rapper E-40 is 45. Country singer Jack Ingram is 42. Actor Jay Harrington is 41. Actor Jonny Lee Miller is 40. Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is 39. Christian rock musician David Carr (Third Day) is 38. Rock singer-musician Chad Kroeger is 38. Rock musician Jesse Sandoval is 38. Actress Virginie Ledoyen is 36. Actor Sean Murray (TV: "NCIS") is 35. Pop singer Ace Young (TV: "American Idol") is 32. Golfer Lorena Ochoa is 31. Actress Shailene Woodley is 21. Actress-dancer Emma Dumont (TV: "Bunheads") is 18.
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.