TV producer George Schlatter is 83. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 75. Actor Tim Considine ("My Three Sons") is 72. Actress Sarah Miles is 71. Rock musician Andy Summers is 70. Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 69. Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 68. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 66. Actor Tim Matheson is 65. Pop singer Burton Cummings is 65. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 64. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 61. Actor James Remar is 59. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 54. Actor Val Kilmer is 53. Singer Paul Westerberg is 53. Actor Don Diamont is 50. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 50. Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 49. Actress Gong Li is 47. Author Nicholas Sparks is 47. Actor Lance Reddick is 43. Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 40. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 37. Rapper PSY (Park Jae-sang) is 35. Rock musician Bob Bryar is 33. Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is 17.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.