Singer Dame Vera Lynn is 96. Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 91. Actor Hal Linden is 82. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 74. Country singer Don Edwards is 74. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 70. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 67. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 65. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 64. Actor William Hurt is 63. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 63. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 62. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 59. Actress Amy Aquino is 56. Movie director Spike Lee is 56. Actress Theresa Russell is 56. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 56. Actress Holly Hunter is 55. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 52. Actress-model-designer Kathy Ireland is 50. Actor David Thewlis is 50. Rock musician Adrian Oxaal (James) is 48. Actress Liza Snyder is 45. Actor Michael Rapaport is 43. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 42. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 37. Actor Michael Genadry is 35. Actress Bianca Lawson is 34. Rock musician Nick Wheeler (The All-American Rejects) is 31. Actress-singer Christy Carlson Romano is 29.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.