USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 89. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 83. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 83. Actor William Shatner is 82. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 79. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 78. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 72. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 70. Writer James Patterson is 66. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 65. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 65. Actress Fanny Ardant is 64. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 61. Country singer James House is 58. Actress Lena Olin is 58. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 56. Actor Matthew Modine is 54. Country musician Tim Beeler is 45. Actress Anne Dudek is 38. Actor Cole Hauser is 38. Actress Kellie Williams is 37. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 37. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 36. Rapper Mims is 32. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 23.
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.