On this day: October 4

POSTED: 06:01 PM MDT Oct 03, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Oct 04, 2013 

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 - Pope Paul VI
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1965: Becoming the first pope to ever visit the United States and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York. The pope met with President Lyndon B. Johnson, addressed the United Nations General Assembly, celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium, and visited the New York World's Fair while in New York City.

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