On this day: October 4

POSTED: 6:01 PM Oct 03 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Oct 04 2015

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 - SpaceShipOne
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2004: SpaceShipOne wins the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space months earlier. The stubby, short-winged craft was carried to 47,000 feet on a jet-powered mother ship dubbed "White Knight" and then ignited its rocket, carrying it to a height of 328,491 feet, past the boundary of space.


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