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On this day: October 4

POSTED: 05:01 PM PDT Oct 03, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 03, 2013 

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 - Willie Gillis
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1941: Norman Rockwell's fictional World War II private, Willie Gillis, debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Gillis, a fictional everyman whose career was tracked on the cover of the Post from induction through discharge without being depicted in battle, contributed to the success of the wartime bond sales efforts.

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