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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2002: Richard Reid pleads guilty in a federal court to eight criminal counts in connection to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. The Englishman, who became known as the "Shoe Bomber," was eventually sentenced to three life terms plus 110 years in prison without parole.

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