4 October It Happened Today

1814   Birth of French painter Jean-Francois Millet.

1822  Birth of American president Rutherford B Hayes.

1824  Mexico becomes a republic.

1895  Birth of American star of the silent screen, Buster Keaton.

1910  Portugal is declared a republic.

1947  Death of German physicist Max Planck.

1957  The USSR launches the first satellite, Sputnik 1.

1970  American singer Janis Joplin is found dead in a Hollywood hotel room after taking a heroin overdose.

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