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 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.