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.

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1983: Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph, driving Thrust2 at the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. In 1997, Thrust2's record would be broken by Noble's follow up car, ThrustSSC, driven by Royal Air Force fighter pilot Wing Commander Andy Green.