On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 08:01:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2015 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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1941: Author Anne Rice, best known for her popular series of novels, "The Vampire Chronicles," including 1976's "Interview with the Vampire," revolving around the central character of the vampire Lestat, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.