Today is Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Today's Highlight in History:
1957: SPUTNIK 1
On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. (AP Photo)
1940: Hitler Mussolini
In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps. (AP Photo)
1957: "Leave It to Beaver"
In 1957, the family sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS. (AP Photo/file)
1970: Janis Joplin
In 1970, rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room. (AP photo)
1976: Earl Butz
In 1976, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz resigned in the wake of a controversy over an obscene joke he'd made that was derogatory to blacks. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
2002: JOHN WALKER LINDH
In 2002, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh received a 20-year sentence after a sobbing plea for forgiveness before a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia. (AP Photo)
2007: Roh Moo-hyun, Kim Jong Il
In 2007, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pledged to pursue a peace treaty and end their countries' decades-long standoff. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency)