Pollster Louis Harris is 92. Retired MLB All-Star Ralph Branca is 87. Author E.L. Doctorow is 82. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 69. Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 64. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 63. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 62. Singer Jett Williams is 60. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 60. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 58. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 54. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 53. Movie composer A.R. Rahman (Film: "Slumdog Millionaire") is 47. Movie director John Singleton is 45. TV personality Julie Chen is 43. Actor Danny Pintauro ("Who's the Boss?") is 37. Actress Rinko Kikuchi (Film: "Babel") is 32. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 31. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 27.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.