On this day: October 4

Posted: 8:01 PM EDT Oct 03, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 04, 2015

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.

OTD October 4 - John Walker Lindh
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2002: John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," is sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia. Lindh was an American citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the United States' 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.


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