Elvis, Martha Stewart, and Matt Damon – Today in History, October 8
Today is Monday, October 8th. There are 77 days until Christmas.
In 1984, Anne Murray won the Country Music Association's Album of the Year Award. She was the first woman to receive it.
In 1999, Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, made her professional boxing debut and knocked out her opponent in 31 seconds.
In 2004, Martha Stewart checked in to a minimum-security federal prison in West Virginia to begin serving a five-month sentence. She was convicted of lying to authorities about a suspicious stock trade.
In 2008, a woman from the state of Washington made a successful appeal before a judge in Memphis to have Vernon Presley's estate reopened. She claimed to be Vernon's daughter and the half-sister of Elvis. She further claimed that she had DNA evidence to prove she was a Presley, and that the DNA material was also proof that Elvis was still alive.
In 2017, Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company after reports of sexual harassment. More than 80 women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which started the #MeToo movement.
Today is Fluffernutter Day, Kick Butt Day, Native American Day, and Columbus Day.
Happy Birthday to Gossip columnist Rona Barrett, who is 82.
Actor Paul Hogan "Crocodile Dundee" is 79
Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson is 77.
Actor Dylan Neal, from “Dawson’s Creek” and Sabrina the Teenage Witch” is 49.
Academy Award-winner Matt Damon is 48.
Actor Nick Cannon is 38.
Singer Bruno Mars is 33.
Actor Angus T. Jones, from “Two and a Half Men” is 25.