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, 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.