Actor Eli Wallach is 97. Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 84. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 81. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 80. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 75. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 72. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 65. Actor-director-producer James Keach is 65. Country singer Gary Morris is 64. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 63. Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 60. Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 56. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 55. Former "Tonight Show" announcer Edd Hall is 54. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 54. Actor Patrick Fabian is 48. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 47. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 46. Producer-director Jason Winer is 40. NFL player Terrell Owens is 39. Rapper-producer Kon Artis is 38. Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 37. Latin singer Frankie J is 36. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 36. Actress Shiri Appleby is 34. Pop-rock singer/celebrity judge Sara Bareilles (TV: "The Sing-off") is 33. Singer Aaron Carter is 25.
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.