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4 Oct, 1927 - U.S.A. Mount Rushmore
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.
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4 Oct, 1919 - U.S.A. 1919 World Series
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. History of Baseball
4 Oct, 1921 - U.S.A. Tuberculosis
1921 : A new report from state officials confirms that the number of deaths caused by Tuberculosis continues to rise in State of Michigan.
4 Oct, 1933 - U.S.A. 18th Amendment
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. More Details on the 18th Amendment
4 Oct, 1942 - World War II Taxes
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.
4 Oct, 1954 - U.S.A. Marilyn Monroe
1954 : Marilyn Monroe 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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4 Oct, 1957 - Space Race
1957 : The Space Race begins when the Soviet Union launches the first artificial satellite SPUTNIK. To put this in to context Sputnik weighed 184 lbs and measured 22 inches in diameter and circled the earth every 1 hr and 36 minutes.
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4 Oct, 1965 - U.S.A. Pope Paul VI
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.
4 Oct, 1969 - China Hydrogen Bomb
October 4th, 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.
4 Oct, 1970 - U.S.A. Janis Joplin
1970 : Janis Joplin, is found dead caused by an accidental overdose of heroin.
4 Oct, 1970 - Kent State University
October 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.
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4 Oct, 1976 - Barbara Walters
1976 : Barbara Walters starts earning her $1,000,000 salary tonight when she joins anchorman Harry Reasoner on the ABC evening news.
4 Oct, 1976 - UK Inter-City 125
October 4th, 1976 : British Rail begins its Inter-City 125 MPH High Speed Train service between London - Bristol - Cardiff.
4 Oct, 1977 - India Indira Gandhi
: 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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4 Oct, 1985 - U.S.A. Unemployment
October 4th, 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.
4 Oct, 1992 - Holland Plane Crash
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.
4 Oct, 1993 - Soviet Union Rebels
October 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.
4 Oct, 1997 - Loomis, Fargo and Company Robbery
1997 : An insider job at an office of Loomis, Fargo and Company results in the robbery of $17.3 million in cash.
4 Oct, 2000 - Last Mini Rolls Off Production Line
October 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 60's
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.
4 Oct, 2002 - John Walker Lindh
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.
4 Oct, 2006 - United States Wiccan Symbols
October 4th, 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.
4 Oct, 2008 - United States Jobs
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
4 Oct, 2011 - Pakistan Bus Attack Kills Thirteen
October 4th, 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.
4 Oct, 2011 - United States NBA Lockout
2011 : National Basketball Association cancels the remainder of the pre-season 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
4 Oct, 2012 - Nissan Car Drives and Parks Itself
October 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.
4 Oct, 2013 - Kenya Rioting After Cleric Death
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.
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4th October 1937
Known For :
British born novelist with twenty-six novels on the New York Times bestsellers list. Possibly the best known of her many books are Chances, Hollywood Wives, Lucky, Rock Star, Lethal Seduction and one her latest Drop Dead Beautiful. It is estimated her book sales exceed 400 million which have been translated into 40 languages.
4th October 1946
Susan Abigail Tomalin New York City, U.S.
Known For :
American actress best known for her Oscar in the 1995
film, Dead Man Walking. She has worked in TV and film for more than 30 years and is also well known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.