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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1944: Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony La Russa is born in Tampa, Florida. La Russa managed teams to six league championships and three World Series titles, most recently in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and ranks third in all-time major league wins by a manager. He retired in 2011 after 33 seasons as a major-league manager and has since worked in the MLB front office and as the chief baseball officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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