Rhythm-and-blues singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) is 73. Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 69. Singer Brian Hyland is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 69. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) is 68. Sportscaster Al Michaels is 68. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 67. Rock musician Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult) is 65. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., is 63. Country/gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is 62. Actress Megan Mullally is 54. Actor Vincent Irizarry is 53. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 51. Actor Sam Lloyd is 49. Rock musician David Ellefson is 48. Former MLB player Sammy Sosa is 44. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 42. Actress Radha Mitchell is 39. Actress Lourdes Benedicto is 38. Actress Tamala Jones is 38. Actress Angela Watson is 38. Singer Tevin Campbell is 36. Actress Ashley Williams is 34. Actress Cote de Pablo is 33. Actor Ryan Gosling is 32. Contemporary Christian musician Chris Huffman is 32. Actress Anne Hathaway is 30. Pop singer Omarion is 28. Actress Macey Cruthird is 20.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.