Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 78. Blues artist Eddy Clearwater is 78. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 78. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey is 75. Movie director Walter Hill is 73. Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 69. Singer Rod Stewart is 68. Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 65. Actor William Sanderson is 65. Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 64. Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 62. Rock musician Scott Thurston (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 61. Singer Pat Benatar is 60. Hall of Fame race car driver and team owner Bobby Rahal is 60. Rock musician Michael Schenker is 58. Singer Shawn Colvin is 57. Rock singer-musician Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) is 54. Actor Evan Handler is 52. Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 49. Actress Trini Alvarado is 46. Rock musician Matt Roberts is 35. Rock singer Brent Smith (Shinedown) is 35. Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 34. Actress Sarah Shahi is 33.
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.