Composer John Kander is 86. Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 77. Country singer Charley Pride is 75. Actor Kevin Dobson is 70. Actor Brad Dourif is 63. Jazz musician Bill Frisell is 62. Singer Irene Cara is 54. Movie writer-director Luc Besson is 54. Actor Geoffrey Owens is 52. Actor Thomas Ian Griffith is 51. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry is 51. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 50. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 49. Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) is 49. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 47. Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi is 46. Rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah is 43. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is 41. Actor-comedian Dane Cook is 41. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 39. Singers Jaron and Evan Lowenstein are 39. Actress-singer-dancer Sutton Foster (TV: "Bunheads") is 38. Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 36. Rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is 34. Rock musician Daren Taylor (Airborne Toxic Event) is 33. Olympic gold medal figure skater Alexei Yagudin is 33. Actor Adam Pally is 31. Actress-dancer Julia Goldani Telles (TV: "Bunheads") is 18.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.