Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Oct. 4

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Oct. 4

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1777: Gen. George Washington's troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.

1957: The Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.

1970: Rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood motel room.

198: Sihugo "Si" Green, who starred on the Duquesne University basketball team that won the National Invitation Tournament in 1955, died of cancer at the age of 46.

2004: The SpaceShipOne rocket plane broke through Earth's atmosphere to the edge of space for the second time in five days, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

Country singer Leroy Van Dyke, 89. Actress Felicia Farr, 86. …

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