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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.