Actress Joanne Woodward is 84. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 80. Opera singer Mirella Freni is 79. Actress Barbara Babcock is 77. Actor Howard Hesseman is 74. Actress Debra Monk is 65. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 60. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 57. Actor Timothy Spall is 57. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 54. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 54. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 53. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 53. Actor Adam Baldwin is 52. Actor Grant Show is 52. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 49. Actor Noah Emmerich is 49. Actor Donal Logue is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 43. Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Roderick Clark is 41. Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) is 36. Actor Brandon Beemer is 34. Chelsea Clinton is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Valentino is 34. Singer Josh Groban is 33. Rock musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant) is 31. Actress Kate Mara is 31.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.