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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1937: Best-selling author Jackie Collins, whose 32 novels have sold more than 500 million copies, is born in London, England. She died of breast cancer at age 77 on Sept. 19, 2015.