Former President Jimmy Carter is 88.
Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 77.
Actress Stella Stevens is 74.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 67.
Jazz musician Dave Holland is 66.
Actor Randy Quaid is 62.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 57.
Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 54.
Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 49.
Actor Christopher Titus is 48.
Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 47.
Singer Keith Duffy is 38.
Actress Sarah Drew is 32.
Actress Jurnee Smollett is 26.
Actress Brie Larson is 23.
History on October 1
1908 Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.
1910 The offices of the Los Angeles Times were destroyed by a bomb explosion and fire; 21 Times employees were killed.
1937 Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black delivered a radio address in which he acknowledged being a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, but said he had dropped out of the organization before becoming a U.S. senator. Black was a native of Clay County.
1949 Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
1962 Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," beginning a nearly 30-year run; after being introduced to the audience by Groucho Marx, Carson received his first guests, actor-singer Rudy Vallee, actress Joan Crawford, singer Tony Bennett and comedian Mel Brooks.
1964 The Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
1982 Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player, the CDP-101, in Japan.
In The Star
Oct. 1, 1937
Members of the congregation of Parker Memorial Baptist Church entered the second day of their observance of the church’s 50th anniversary today after last night’s opening session which filled the sanctuary. Principal speaker was Dr. L. L. Gwaltney, editor of the state Baptist publication and president of the denomination’s state association. Baptists are strongly against the union of church and state, Dr. Gwaltney said in his speech. “The greatest contribution that this country has made to the civilization of the world is in the separation of church and state,” he said. Charter members of the congregation present for the observance include Dr. T. W. Ayers of Atlanta, Mrs. W. A. Davis Sr. of Birmingham, Mrs. W. B. Barker of Huntsville, Mrs. Della Head, Mrs. W. E. Mable and John Bell. Also this date: A Piedmont banker named C. W. Thompson today was the first Calhoun County motorist to buy his 1938 car tag.
Oct. 1, 1987
Despite letters of support written to Speak Out in behalf of Robert Bork to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice — issuing general condemnations of liberals, radicals and the far left — a new Southern regional poll shows that 51 percent oppose his confirmation to the court, 31 support it and the rest are undecided. Also this date: Two leading Anniston retailers are celebrating anniversaries in business with special advertised sales. Kitchin’s is marking 36 years selling clothing and accessories, while Couch’s has been selling fine jewelry and gifts for 44 years.