Thursday, Oct. 4, is the 278th day of 2012. There are 88 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff is 78. Author Jackie Collins is 75. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 71. Author Anne Rice is 71. Former baseball manager Tony La Russa is 68. Actress Susan Sarandon is 66. Blues musician Duke Robillard is 64. Music producer Russell Simmons is 55. Actor Liev Schreiber is 45. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 36.
In 1822, the 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, was born in Delaware, Ohio.
In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.
In 1960, an Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-188A Electra crashed on takeoff from Logan International Airport, killing all but 10 of the 72 people on board.
In 1970, rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room.