October 4

1887

The International Herald Tribune was published for the first time.

1895

The first U.S. Open Golf tournament was held in Newport, Rhode Island.

1957

The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the earth, ushering in the Space Age and Space Race.

1965

Pope Paul VI made the first visit to the Western Hemisphere by a reigning pope. He came to New York to address the UN General Assembly.

1970

Rock singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a drug overdose at age 27.

1990

The German parliament met for the first time since the reunification of Germany.

2001

Authorities confirmed a tabloid editor in Florida had contracted anthrax. He died the next day.

2002

John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban," received a 20-year sentence.

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