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Loretta Lynn (née Webb; April 14, 1932 – October 4, 2022)

(AP) – Loretta Lynn, the acclaimed singer and songwriter whose
ascent from a small Kentucky coal-mining community to national
country music stardom became the stuff of Hollywood legend,
has died.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family
said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

In May 2017, she suffered a stroke that ended her touring career.

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The Soviet Union inaugurated the “Space Age” with its launch
of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, on October 4, 1957.

The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for “fellow traveler,” was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the
Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic.

Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and
circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000
miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from
Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles.

Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be
picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United
States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened
in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America
several times a day.

In January 1958, Sputnik’s orbit deteriorated, as expected, and
the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere.

Soviet technician working on sputnik 1, 1957.
A Soviet technician works on Sputnik in 1957.

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On October 3, 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army
victory at Gettysburg, President
Abraham Lincoln announced that
the nation will celebrate an official
Thanksgiving holiday on
November 26, 1863.

The speech, which was actually written by Secretary of State
William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every
November thereafter would be considered an official U.S.
holiday of Thanksgiving.

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William Henry Seward
(May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872)

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At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson 
was acquitted October 3, 1995 of the brutal
1994 double murder of
his estranged wife,
Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

In the epic 252-day trial, Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers
employed creative and controversial methods to convince
jurors that Simpson’s guilt had not been proved “beyond a
reasonable doubt,” thus surmounting what the prosecution
called a “mountain of evidence” implicating him as the murderer.

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The crater lies on the south end of Inver Grove Heights, near
the Mississippi River.

(Fox News) – University of Minnesota researchers have discovered
an ancient crater lying 350 feet below a Mississippi River suburb.

A team of scientists at the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) –
part of the university’s College of Science and Engineering’s
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences – discovered the
crater while updating a geologic map of Dakota County; the
county borders Minneapolis and St. Paul.

For reference, researchers say they believe this crater would be
11 times the size of the famous Meteor Crater in Arizona. They
say it appears the massive meteor struck the earth around 490
million years ago, putting it near the end of the Cambrian period.

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