Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is 89. Movie director Bob Rafelson is 80. Actor Gary Lockwood is 76. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 74. Actor Peter McEnery is 73. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is 73. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 70. Actor Alan Rickman is 67. Actress Tyne Daly is 67. Actor Anthony Daniels is 67. Tricia Nixon Cox is 67. Former Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 66. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 64. Actress Christine Ebersole is 60. Actor William Petersen is 60. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 58. Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 55. Actor Jack Coleman is 55. Actor Christopher Atkins is 52. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 52. Actor William Baldwin is 50. Rock musician Michael Ward is 46. Actress Aunjanue Ellis is 44. Blues musician Corey Harris is 44. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 43. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 43. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 40. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 34. Singer Charlotte Church is 27. Actress Ashley Greene is 26. Actress Ellen Page is 26. Actor Corbin Bleu is 24.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.