Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is 74. Country singer Johnny Carver is 72. Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 72. Rock drummer Pete Best is 71. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 70. Former White House news secretary Marlin Fitzwater is 70. Former Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Dan Glickman is 68. Singer Lee Michaels is 67. Actor Dwight Schultz is 65. Actor Stanley Livingston is 62. Rock musician Clem Burke (Blondie; The Romantics) is 58. Record producer Terry Lewis is 56. Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson is 56. Actress Denise Crosby is 55. Actress Shae D'Lyn is 50. Rock musician John Squire (The Stone Roses) is 50. Rock musician Gary Stonadge (Big Audio) is 50. Actor Garret Dillahunt is 48. Actor-comedian Scott Krinsky is 44. Rock musician Chad Taylor (Live) is 42. Actress Lola Glaudini is 41. Actress Danielle Nicolet is 39. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Chen Lu is 36. Actor Colin Hanks is 35. Actress Katherine Heigl is 34. Actress Sarah Hyland is 22.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.