Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland is 83. Actor James Cromwell is 73. Actor John Witherspoon is 71. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nedra Talley (The Ronettes) is 67. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 65. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 58. Country singer Cheryl White is 58. Country singer-musician Richard Young (The Kentucky Headhunters) is 58. Actress Mimi Rogers is 57. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 56. Commentator Keith Olbermann is 54. Rock singer Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52. Rock musician Gillian Gilbert is 52. Actress Bridget Fonda is 49. Actor Alan Cumming is 48. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 45. Rock singer Mike Patton is 45. Rapper Tricky is 45. Rock musician Michael Kulas (James) is 44. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt is 44. Actor Josh Randall is 41. Country singer Kevin Denney is 37. Tennis player Marat Safin is 33.
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.