Television journalist Roger Mudd is 85. Actress Janet Suzman is 74. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 72. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 71. Actor Joe Pesci is 70. Singer Barbara Lewis is 70. Author Alice Walker is 69. Actress Mia Farrow is 68. Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is 67. Singer Joe Ely is 66. Actress Judith Light is 64. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 62. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 58. Former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe is 56. Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 52. Country singer Travis Tritt is 50. Actress Julie Warner is 48. Country singer Danni Leigh is 43. Actor Jason George is 41. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 37. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 37. Actor A.J. Buckley is 36. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 34. Actress Ziyi Zhang is 34. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Irina Slutskaya is 34. Actor David Gallagher is 28. Actress Marina Malota is 25. Actress Camille Winbush is 23. Actor Jimmy Bennett is 17.
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.