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, 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.