Film and drama critic Stanley Kauffmann is 97. Movie director-producer Richard Donner is 83. Actress Shirley MacLaine is 79. Author Sue Grafton is 73. Actor-singer Michael Parks is 73. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 71. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is 71. Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 70. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 68. Rock singer-musician Rob Hyman is 63. The Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, is 62. Actor-playwright Eric Bogosian is 60. Rock singer-musician Jack Blades (Night Ranger) is 59. Actor Michael O'Keefe is 58. Rock musician David J (Bauhaus) is 56. Actor Glenn Morshower is 54. Rock musician Billy Gould is 50. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 49. Actor Djimon Hounsou is 49. Rock musician Patty Schemel is 46. Rock musician Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) is 45. Actress Melinda Clarke is 44. Latin pop singer Alejandro Fernandez is 42. Country-rock musician Brad Morgan (Drive-By Truckers) is 42. Rock musician Brian Marshall (Creed; Alter Bridge) is 40. Actor Derek Luke is 39. Actor Eric Balfour is 36. Actress Rebecca Mader is 36. Country singer Rebecca Lynn Howard is 34. Country singer Danny Gokey is 33. Actor Austin Nichols is 33. Actress Sasha Barrese is 32. Contemporary Christian musician Jasen Rauch (Red) is 32. Singer Kelly Clarkson is 31. Rock singer-musician Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) is 29. Actor Doc Shaw is 21.
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.