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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1895: The first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship administered by the United States Golf Association is played on the nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Horace Rawlins, a 21-year-old English assistant at the host club, won the 36-hole, one-day tournament. Rawlins would also finish second at the 1896 U.S. Open.