Actor Abe Vigoda is 92. Actor Steven Hill is 91. Actress Emmanuelle Riva is 86. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese is 82. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 81. Opera singer-director Renata Scotto is 79. Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., is 71. Actor Barry Bostwick is 68. Actor Edward James Olmos is 66. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 66. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 63. Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 62. Actress Helen Shaver is 62. News anchor Paula Zahn is 57. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 55. Actor Mark Moses is 55. Singer Michelle Shocked is 51. Movie director Todd Field is 49. Actor Billy Zane is 47. Actress Bonnie Somerville is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista) is 30. Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) is 30. Actor Wilson Bethel is 29.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.