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 Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.