Actor Gabriele Ferzetti is 88. Jazz/New Age musician Paul Horn is 83. The former national chairwoman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 80. Former NASA astronaut Ken Mattingly is 77. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 72. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 70. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) is 69. Former National Security Agency Director and former CIA Director Michael Hayden is 68. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 67. Actor Patrick Duffy is 64. Actor Kurt Russell is 62. Country singer Susie Allanson is 61. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 59. Actor Mark Boone Jr. is 58. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 58. Actor Gary Sinise is 58. Actor Christian Clemenson is 55. Former basketball and baseball player Danny Ainge is 54. Actress Vicki Lewis is 53. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 52. Writer-director Rob Sitch is 51. Actor Rob Lowe is 49. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 46. Rock musician Van Conner (Screaming Trees) is 46. Actor Mathew St. Patrick is 45. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 44. Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 41. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 41. Rock musician Caroline Corr (The Corrs) is 40. Actress Amelia Heinle is 40. Actress Marisa Coughlan is 39. Rapper Swifty (D12) is 38. Actress Natalie Zea is 38. Actress Brittany Daniel is 37. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett is 21.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.