On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 07:01:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 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 - Sputnik
20 / 44
Gregory R Todd/Wikimedia Commons

1957: Russia's Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, is launched. The satellite would set off the Cold War-era "Space Race" between America and Russia.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. By posting your comments you agree to our Terms of Use.