Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland is 83. Actor James Cromwell is 73. Actor John Witherspoon is 71. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nedra Talley (The Ronettes) is 67. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 65. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 58. Country singer Cheryl White is 58. Country singer-musician Richard Young (The Kentucky Headhunters) is 58. Actress Mimi Rogers is 57. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 56. Commentator Keith Olbermann is 54. Rock singer Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52. Rock musician Gillian Gilbert is 52. Actress Bridget Fonda is 49. Actor Alan Cumming is 48. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 45. Rock singer Mike Patton is 45. Rapper Tricky is 45. Rock musician Michael Kulas (James) is 44. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt is 44. Actor Josh Randall is 41. Country singer Kevin Denney is 37. Tennis player Marat Safin is 33.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.