On this day: October 4

Published On: Oct 03 2012 07:01:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2016 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 - Graham Chapman
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1989: English comedian and actor Graham Chapman, best known as one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python, dies at age 48 in Maidstone, Kent, England, after suffering from tonsil cancer and secondary spinal cancer. He's seen here on a video screen during the opening night performance of "Monty Python Live (Mostly)" in London in July 2014.

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