Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 76.
Actor Paul Hogan is 73.
Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is 71.
Comedian Chevy Chase is 69.
Author R.L. Stine is 69.
Actress Sigourney Weaver is 63.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Robert "Kool" Bell (Kool & the Gang) is 62.
Producer-director Edward Zwick is 60.
Comedian Darrell Hammond is 57.
Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 56.
Actress Kim Wayans is 51.
Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer CeCe Winans is 48.
Rock musician C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) is 47.
Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 42.
Actress Kristanna Loken is 33.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Byron Reeder (Mista) is 33.
Actor Nick Cannon is 32.
Actor Max Crumm is 27.
Actor Angus T. Jones is 19.
This is the Columbus Day observance in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
History on October 8
1871 The Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in several communities in Michigan.
1918 U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 others in the Argonne Forest in France.
1944 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, made its debut on CBS Radio.
1945 President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.
1956 Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.
1957 The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.
1962 Chuck Hiller of the San Francisco Giants became the first National Leaguer to hit a World Series grand slam; the shot came in Game 4 against New York Yankees pitcher Marshall Bridges. (The final score of the game was Giants 7, Yankees 3.)
1970 Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
In The Star
Oct. 8, 1937
Noble Street today hummed with a busy crowd of shoppers from various out-of-town communities, here to take advantage of Anniston’s fourth annual Harvest Festival. Some of the visitors were here as early as eight o’clock making their purchases. Shoppers from Heflin, Blue Mountain and Silver Run were quoted in the promotional article about the retail event. Also this date: A 15-year-old Piedmont-area boy is in custody of Juvenile Court today after shooting at his principal, Austin DeBerry of Coosa School. The shooting, in which the boy used a .22 rifle he fired near a playground and missed Mr. DeBerry by only a few inches, occurred yesterday. The previous day, officials said, corporal punishment had been administered to the boy for breaking an unspecified rule.
Oct. 8, 1987
Anniston city schools have been ordered by Superintendent Dr. Bruce Wright to halt PTO fund-raising activities by students after the schools were threatened with the loss of accreditation. A letter from Wright to school principals dated two days ago followed Wright's receipt the same day of a letter from the chairman of the Alabama Elementary Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That letter informed Wright that such sales are contrary to school accreditation standards. Dr. Michael Carr, the chairman of the Alabama Elementary Committee, wrote Wright that the violation of standards would be taken up by the committee Oct. 22 in Montgomery. But Carr said yesterday that Wright's steps will make it unnecessary for the committee to take the matter any further. Carr's letter followed a Sept. 27 article in The Star concerning the student fund-raising activities in Anniston, activities PTO leaders say are necessitated by inadequate government funding.