On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 07:01:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Work begins on Mount Rushmore, Sputnik is launched into space, the pope visits America for the first time, Janis Joplin is found dead of an overdose, all on this day.

OTD October 4 - Janis Joplin
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1970: Singer-songwriter Janis Joplin is found dead of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel at the age of 27. She had just finished recording her second solo album, "Pearl," which went to No. 1 upon its posthumous release in 1971 and featured her biggest hit single, a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee."


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