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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.