Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") is 94. Actor Marvin Kaplan ("Top Cat") is 86. Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 77. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 74. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 72. Singer Aaron Neville is 72. Actor Michael Ontkean is 67. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 63. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 63. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 62. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 55. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Theo Peoples is 52. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 50. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is 47. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 46. Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 43. Actor Matthew Lillard is 43. Actress Merrilee McCommas is 42. Actor Ed Helms is 39. Actress Tatyana Ali is 34. Rock musician Mitchell Marlow (Filter) is 34. Actress Mischa Barton is 27.
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.