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.
1895: Comedian Buster Keaton, who would become known for his silent films featuring physical comedy, is born in Piqua, Kansas. Some of his best-known films include "The General," "Our Hospitality," "Sherlock, Jr." and "The Navigator."
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