Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 93. Actress Jean Stapleton is 90. Actor Fritz Weaver is 87. Actress Tippi Hedren is 83. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 82. Movie director Richard Lester is 81. Singer Phil Everly is 74. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 71. Actress Shelley Fabares is 69. Country singer Dolly Parton is 67. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 66. TV chef Paula Deen is 66. Rock singer Martha Davis is 62. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 61. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 60. Actress Katey Sagal is 59. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 58. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 58. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 56. Rock musician Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) is 55. Actor Paul McCrane is 52. Actor William Ragsdale is 52. International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg is 47. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 45. Singer Trey Lorenz is 44. Actor Shawn Wayans is 42. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 42. Actress Drea de Matteo is 41. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 39. Actress Marsha Thomason is 37. Actress Bitsie Tulloch is 32. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 31. Actor Logan Lerman is 21. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 21.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.