Country singer Slim Whitman is 89. Comedian Arte Johnson is 84. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 83. Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 73. Singer Eric Stewart is 68. Movie director David Lynch is 67. Country-rock musician George Grantham (Poco) is 66. Actor Daniel Benzali is 63. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 61. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 61. Comedian Bill Maher (MAR) is 57. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 55. Actor James Denton is 50. Rock musician Greg K. (The Offspring) is 48. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 48. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is 48. Actor Rainn Wilson is 47. Actress Stacey Dash is 46. TV personality Melissa Rivers is 45. Singer Xavier is 45. Actor Reno Wilson is 44. Singer Edwin McCain is 43. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 43. Rap musician ?uestlove (The Roots) is 42. Rock musician Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) is 34. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 28. Actor Evan Peters is 26.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.