What happened This day in History on October 4th

For Those With Birthdays 4th October looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1921, 1927, 1933, 1942, 1954, 1957, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,

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U.S. 1927 U.S.A. Mount Rushmore 4th October, 1927: Work begins by sculptor Gutzon Borglum on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another 12 years for the granite images of four of America’s most revered and beloved presidents to finish. The Presidents depicted are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

U.S. 1919 U.S.A. 1919 World Series Oct. 4th, 1919: By the 4th game of the 1919 World Series between the champion Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. Questions were already being asked re "Is The 1919 Series Fixed" which the Cincinnati Reds won . Following 12 months of investigation and confessions from 2 of the players all eight implicated White Sox were banned from Major League Baseball for life and the first Commissioner of Baseball is created to ensure it never happened again.

U.S. 1921 U.S.A. Tuberculosis Tuesday, 4th October, 1921: A new report from state officials confirms that the number of deaths caused by Tuberculosis continues to rise in State of Michigan.

U.S. 1933 U.S.A. 18th Amendment Oct. 4th, 1933: Seven new states will hold referendums in the next month including Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky for repeal of the 18th Amendment to change from dry states to wet states which will allow alcohol to be sold once again, it is believed the majority will vote in favor of repealing the law.

U.S. 1942 World War II Taxes Oct. 4th, 1942: The chairman of the Finance Committee told the senate today that the American people would have to pay a total of $36,500,000,000 in taxes to pay for the war effort and demands for a sales tax to finance this are gathering pace.

U.S. 1954 U.S.A. Marilyn Monroe 4th October, 1954: Marilyn Monroe the worlds number 1 pin up girl has announced her intention to obtain a divorce from one of the worlds finest baseball players Joe Dimaggio on the grounds of mental cruelty. They have been married less than 9 months .
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Space 1957 Space Space Race Oct. 4th, 1957: The Space Race begins when the Soviet Union launches the first artificial satellite SPUTNIK , To put this in to context Sputnik weighed 184lbs and measured 22inches in diameter and circled the earth every 1hr and 36 minutes.
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U.S. 1965 U.S.A. Pope Paul VI Oct. 4th, 1965 : Pope Paul VI becomes the first Pope to visit the United States when he lands in New York and addressed the United Nations pleading for peace in Vietnam .

China 1969 China Hydrogen Bomb 4th October, 1969: China has announced a hydrogen bomb was recently tested in the western region of the Chinese mainland and the country had completed its first underground nuclear explosion

U.S. 1970 U.S.A. Janis Joplin Oct. 4th, 1970 : Janis Joplin, is found dead caused by an accidental overdose of heroin

U.S. 1970 U.S.A. Kent State University Oct. 4th, 1970 : A presidential task force that looked into the Ohio National Guard's fatal shooting of four students and wounding of nine others at Kent State University last May 4th have said that the National Guard's 61 shots within a 13-second period was a serious error.

U.S. 1976 U.S.A. Barbara Walters 4th October, 1976 : Barbara Walters starts earning her $1,000,000 salary tonight when she joins anchorman Harry Reasoner on the ABC evening news.

UK 1976 UK Inter-City 125 Oct. 4th, 1976 : British Rail begins its Inter-City 125 MPH High Speed Train service between London - Bristol - Cardiff .

India 1977 India Indira Gandhi Oct. 4th, 1977: Former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was released after spending 16 hours in police custody for charges of political corruption
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U.S. 1985 U.S.A. Unemployment 4th October, 1985 : The latest unemployment figures released show that the unemployment rate is now at 7.1% with unemployment in the black sector now reaching 15.3% , this is part of a continuing trend that worries both government officials .

Netherlands 1992 Holland Plane Crash Oct. 4th, 1992: An Israeli cargo jet suffering from engine problems crashes into an apartment building close to the airport in Amsterdam, Holland killing approximately 100 people in the apartment building

Russia 1993 Soviet Union Rebels Oct. 4th, 1993: Rebel parliamentarians led by Vice President Aleksandr Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrender to Russian President Boris Yeltsin after he brings in tanks to surround the Russian White House parliament building.

U.S. 1997 U.S.A. Loomis, Fargo and Company Robbery 4th October, 1997 : An insider job at an office of Loomis, Fargo and Company results in the robbery of $17.3 million in cash.

UK 2000 UK Last Mini Rolls Off Production Line Oct. 4th, 2000 : After more than 40 years of production and over 5 million minis sold the last mini is driven off the production line at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham by 60s Icon Lulu today. The new Mini which is a complete redesign and will be called the New Mini by BMW will go on sale next year. When the Mini first went on sale in 1961 it cost £496 the last few Mini's built this year cost about £8,500.

U.S. 2002 U.S.A. John Walker Lindh Oct. 4th, 2002 : John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va. John Phillip Walker Lindh was captured during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan while serving in the Taliban army, he was a US citizen and tried in a US court . The charges bought against him included Conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals and conspiracy to provide material support and resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations for which he could have received up to three life sentences plus 90 additional years. He was offered a plea bargain "of pleading guilty to supplying services to the Taliban, and carrying weapons during crimes of violence" for which he would receive 20 years which he accepted and is now serving his sentence in FCI, Terre Haute in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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United States 2006 United States Wiccan Symbols 4th October, 2006 : A group of Wiccans decided to sue the United States government over the right to place their religious symbol on graves in military cemeteries. The religion, Wicca, is recognized by the military but unlike other religions the followers are not allowed to have their symbols on gravestones.

United States 2008 United States Jobs Oct. 4th, 2008 : The latest Labor Department's figures show American companies are shedding shops at the fastest rate in the last 5 years with 159,000 jobs lost in September.

Pakistan 2011 Pakistan Bus Attack Kills Thirteen 4th October, 2011 : Thirteen people are killed after gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shia Muslims near Quetta, Pakistan. Another six people were injured in the attacks which targeting Shia Muslims in the area.

United States 2011 United States NBA lockout Oct. 4th, 2011 : National Basketball Association cancels the remainder of the preseason due to the 2011 NBA lockout with cancellation of games in the regular season occurring if the lockout continues for another week Find out more on our History of Basketball Page

2012 Japan Nissan Car Drives and Parks Itself

Oct. 4th, 2012 : Nissan unveiled the NSC-2015 electric car prototype at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo. The car can drive and park itself, it was also able to turn and recognize some road signs.

2013 Kenya Rioting After Cleric Death

4th October, 2013 : Rioting began in the Kenyan city of Mombasa after a Muslim cleric, Ibrahim Omar was killed. At least four people were killed with several others injured. Omar had links with al-Shabab and was believed by rioters to have been killed by the authorities.