On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 08:01:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Hurricane Flora
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1963: Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti. Flash floods from the hurricane washed out large sections of several towns, while mudslides buried some entire towns, resulting in many of the deaths.