Actor Hugh O'Brian is 88. Actress Elinor Donahue is 76. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 71. Actor Tim Curry is 67. Pop singer Mark "Flo" Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 66. Actor Tony Plana is 61. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 57. Former race car driver Al Unser Jr. is 51. Recording executive Suge Knight is 48. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 46. Actress Ashley Judd is 45. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 45. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 43. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 41. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 41. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is 39. Actor James Franco is 35. Actress Kate Hudson is 34. Actor Hayden Christensen is 32. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is 32. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 28. Actor Courtland Mead is 26. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 26.
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.