Movie director Arthur Hiller is 89. Actor Robert Vaughn is 80. Actor Michael Callan is 77. Actor Allen Garfield is 73. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 72. Actor Tom Conti is 71. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 71. Astronaut Guion Bluford is 70. International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is 69. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt (a.k.a. Little Steven) is 62. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 62. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Luzinski is 62. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 56. Actor Richard Kind is 56. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 54. Alt-country singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 54. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 51. Actor Winsor Harmon is 49. Actor-turned-producer Brian Robbins is 49. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 48. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 46. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 46. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 45. International Tennis Hall of Famer Boris Becker is 45. Country musician Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band) is 42. Actor Josh Cooke is 33. Actor-singer Tyler Hilton is 29. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 28. Actor Jamie Campbell Bower is 24. Actor Alden Ehrenreich is 23.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.