On this day in History: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, October 4, 1957

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Today in History For October 4th
On October 4th in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first manmade satellite into orbit. This event initiated the 'Space Age' and 'space race' as the US was surprised by such an advanced accomplishment. The race would continue as the nations competed to land on the moon first.

Other events on October 4th in history:
1927:
The Mount Rushmore project began as sculpting of 4 presidents' faces were initiated on the South Dakota landmark.
1965: Pope John Paul VI was the first reigning pope to visit the United States with his one day trip to New York City.
1970: Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.
1990: The TV drama, 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' debuted on Fox.
2013: Instagram announced that it would begin displaying advertisements in users' feeds.

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