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 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.