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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.