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 Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.
1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.
1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.
1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.