Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 88. Theologian Hans Kung is 85. Jazz musician Ornette Coleman is 83. Author Philip Roth is 80. Actress Renee Taylor is 80. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 80. Actress Ursula Andress is 77. Singer Clarence "Frogman" Henry is 76. Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is 67. Actress Glenn Close is 66. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 61. Actor Bruce Willis is 58. Playwright Neil LaBute is 50. Actor Connor Trinneer is 44. Rock musician Gert Bettens (K's Choice) is 43. Rapper Bun B is 40. Rock musician Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Actress Abby Brammell is 34. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 24. Actor Philip Bolden is 18.
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.