On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 07:01:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - The Orient Express
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1883: The Orient Express, a long-distance train service connecting Paris, France, to Constantinople, Turkey, runs for the first time.

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