Actor Allan Arbus is 95. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 91. Former Defense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 84. Actress Claire Bloom is 82. Author Susan Brownmiller is 78. Songwriter Brian Holland is 72. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 69. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 69. Actress Jane Seymour is 62. Singer Melissa Manchester is 62. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 60. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is 59. Model Janice Dickinson is 58. Actor Christopher McDonald is 58. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 54. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 54. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 53. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 53. Country singer Michael Reynolds (Pinmonkey) is 49. Actor Michael Easton is 46. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 42. Actress Renee O'Connor is 42. Actress Sarah Wynter is 40. Actor-director Miranda July is 39. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 37. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 37. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 30. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 29. Actress Amber Riley (TV: "Glee") is 27.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.