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Martha Stewart Timeline

Aug. 3, 1941
Born as Martha Helen Kostyra in Jersey City, New Jersey to Polish parents Edward Kostyra and Martha Ruszowski.
June 1959
Graduates from Nutley High School in Nutley, New Jersey. Her senior yearbook motto reads: "I do what I please, and I do it with ease."
1961
Marries Andy Stewart.
June 1963
Graduates from Barnard College.
Sept. 27, 1965
Daughter Alexis Stewart is born. Martha gives up her modelling career to be a full-time mother.
1973
Ends her career as a stockbroker.
1976
Martha begins a small catering business.
1982
Publishes her first book, Martha Stewart Entertaining, to great success.
1987
Husband Andy Stewart leaves Martha to live with her former assistant.
1987
She signs a deal with Kmart to develop a line of stylish but affordable merchandise.
1990
Divorces Andy Stewart.
July 1991
The first issues of Martha Stewart Living is published.
1993
Andy Stewart marries Martha's former assistant.
Dec. 27, 2001
Sells 3,928 shares of ImClone stock for approximately $228,000.
Dec 28, 2001
The FDA announces ImClone's new cancer drug will not be approved.
June 13, 2002
ImClone founder and former CEO Samuel Waksal is arrested on charges that he was involved with insider trading, allegedly telling family members to sell their shares of ImClone in anticipation of a negative government report on the company's cancer drug.
June 22, 2002
Merrill Lynch places Peter Bacanovic, Martha's stockbroker, and his assistant on administrative leave.
Sept. 6, 2002
Congressional investigators claim to have evidence of a phone call from Martha Stewart to Samuel Waksal, though Waksal insisted the two did not speak during that time.
June 4, 2003
Martha announces plans to resign as head of her company in the wake of her legal troubles, but says she will remain Chief Creative Officer of the company.
June 5, 2003
Martha takes out an advertisement in USA Today proclaiming her innocence.
March 5, 2004
Martha is convicted of lying to federal investigators about sales of her ImClone shares.
March 8, 2004
Martha's tv show, Martha Stewart Living, is pulled from its CBS and UPN affiliates.
March 15, 2004
Martha resigns from the board of directors of her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
May 18, 2004
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announces that the tv show, Martha Stewart Living, is going into indefinite hiatus.
July 8, 2004
US District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum refuses Martha's request for an appeal.
Sept. 15, 2004
Martha announces her decision to begin serving her prison sentence right away while also declaring her plans to fight for an appeal.
Sept. 21, 2004
US District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum orders her to surrender for incarceration by October 8.
Sept. 29, 2004
The Federal Bureau of Prisons announces that Martha will do her time at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia. Martha had requested she serve the time at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.
Oct. 8, 2004
Martha begins her five-month prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp.
Oct. 15, 2004
Martha posts a message to her fans on MarthaTalks.com, letting them know how she's faring in prison: "It's fine ... pretty much what I anticipated. Everyone is nice - both the officials and my fellow inmates ... I have adjusted and am very busy. The camp is like an old-fashioned college campus - without the freedom, of course."
Dec. 2004
Shares of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. jump more than 70% since Martha has been in prison.
Dec. 12, 2004
Martha sells nearly 300,000 shares of Class A common stock from her company.
March 2, 2005
Martha's cancelled show, Martha Stewart Living, receives three Emmy nominations.
March 4, 2005
Martha is released from prison but is still required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and is put under house arrest, only being allowed to leave her home for business-related events.
April 2005
Martha attends a TIME magazine dinner where she is honored as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, raising questions as to whether she has violated her house arrest. A Martha Stewart spokesperson claims that the event is business-related because it improves the profile of the company as a whole to have Stewart honored in such a way.
Sept. 12, 2005
Martha's daytime talk show, MARTHA, debuts. During the first episode, Martha displays her ankle and says: "I'm unfettered, I am free. No ankle bracelet."
Sept. 19, 2005
Rapper Lil' Kim, imprisoned for perjury, complains that she is sent to a less cushy prision than Martha. Her lawyer says: "Martha Stewart got the cupcake facility, and Lil' Kim gets the concrete jungle."
Oct. 10, 2005
After receiving complaints that she cuts off her guests, Stewart announces on the show: "I'm going to try very hard not to interrupt."
Sept. 21, 2005
The Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice premieres, with daughter Alexis as one of her boardroom consultants. The show does poorly in the ratings, averaging only 6.6 million viewers per week.
Oct. 20, 2005
Donald Trump tells ABC news that Martha's version of the Apprentice has hurt the ratings of his own Apprentice. He says: "I think it probably hurt mine, and I sort of predicted that it would ... a lot of people were even upset that this was done. But I really feel that there was a certain amount of confusion which hurt the original Apprentice."






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