Blues singer Clarence Carter is 77. Singer Jack Jones is 75. Singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint is 75. Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond is 73. Actress Faye Dunaway is 72. Actress Holland Taylor is 70. Actor Carl Weathers is 65. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 65. Movie writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 64. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd is 61. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 54. Movie writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 50. Actor Mark Addy is 49. Fox News Channel anchorman Shepard Smith is 49. Rapper Slick Rick is 48. Actor Dan Schneider is 47. Actress Emily Watson is 46. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 46. Rock musician Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne Band) is 46. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 45. Actor Jason Bateman is 44. Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 44. Actress Jordan Ladd is 38. Retro-soul singer-songwriter Marc Broussard is 31. Rock singer-musician Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 31. Actor Zach Gilford is 31. Rock musician Joe Guese (The Click Five) is 30. Actor Jonathan Osser is 24.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.