Actress Paula Prentiss is 75. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 72. Singer Bobby Womack is 69. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 65. Singer Shakin' Stevens is 65. Author James Ellroy is 65. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is 63. Singer Chris Rea is 62. Actor Ronn Moss is 61. Actress Kay Lenz is 60. Musician Emilio Estefan is 60. Movie director Scott Hicks is 60. Actress Catherine O'Hara is 59. Actor Mykelti Williamson is 56. Actress Patricia Heaton is 55. Actor Steven Weber is 52. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 50. Actress Stacy Edwards is 48. Rapper Grand Puba is 47. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 47. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 46. Actress Patsy Kensit is 45. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 44. Actor Nick Stabile is 43. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 42. Country singer Jason Sellers is 42. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 36. Actress Jessica Heap is 30. TV personality Whitney Port is 28. Actress Margo Harshman is 27. Actor Joshua Bowman is 25. Actress Andrea Bowen ("Desperate Housewives") is 23. Actress Jenna Boyd is 20.
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.