Author William Peter Blatty is 85. Country singer Jack Greene is 83. Pop musician Paul Revere is 75. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 67. Singer Kenny Loggins is 65. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 64. Latin pop singer Juan Gabriel is 63. Actress Erin Gray is 63. Actor Sammo Hung is 61. Actor David Caruso is 57. Talk show host Katie Couric is 56. Country singer David Lee Murphy is 54. Rock musician Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go's) is 54. Actor David Marciano is 53. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is 52. Actress Hallie Todd is 51. Actor Nicolas Cage is 49. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) is 48. Actor Doug E. Doug is 43. Actor Kevin Rahm is 42. Actor Jeremy Renner is 42. Country singer-musician John Rich is 39. Actor Dustin Diamond is 36. Actress Lauren Cohan (TV: "The Walking Dead") is 31. Actor Robert Ri'chard is 30. Actress Lyndsy Fonseca is 26. Actor Liam Aiken is 23. Actress Camryn Grimes is 23. Actor Max Morrow is 22.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.