4th October

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1993 Hard line rebellion crushed by troops The Russian army today backed Boris Yeltsin and after a day long battle crushed the hard-line rebels who had taken over the White House, the Soviet Parliament building
1992 El Al jet crashes into apartment block An El Al cargo 747 jet crashes into an apartment block on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Fifty one people are killed.
1976 High speed trains start in Britain British Rail launch their high speed 125 mph "intercity" service with a service between London and Bristol.
1970 Janis Joplin dies of a drugs overdose Janis Joplin dies of a drugs overdose caused by a batch of heroin that was "too pure"
1957 Soviet Union lauches Sputnik 1 The Soviet Union begins the space race with the launch of Sputnik 1. The satellite orbitted the earth every 96 minutes and at about 180 pounds it was significantly larger than the satellites being considered by the US.
1927 Mount Rushmore sculpture starts The sculpture on the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota begins. Twelve years later scultures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are completed.
1924 Charleton Heston is born Actor Charleton Heston is born in Evanston, Illinois.
1901 Sailing - US retains Americas Cup The US yacht Columbia completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Sir Thomas Lipton's yacht Shamrock II in the Americas Cup off Sandy Hook, New York
1895 Buster Keaton is born Silent film star Buster Keaton is born in Piqua, Kansas.
1830 Belgium declares independence Belgium declares its independence from the Netherlands.

 

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On This Day - 4th October