TODAY IN HIS­TORY

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

TODAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

Oct. 4, 1777

Gen. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s troops launched an as­sault on the Bri­tish at Ger­man­town, Pennsylvania, re­sult­ing in heavy Amer­i­can ca­su­al­ties.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1931

The comic strip “Dick Tracy,” cre­ated by Ch­ester Gould, made its de­but.

1957

The Soviet Union launched Sput­nik 1, the first ar­ti­fi­cial satel­lite, into or­bit. The tele­vi­sion se­ries “Leave It to Beaver” pre­miered on CBS.

1970

Rock singer Janis Jo­plin, 27, was found dead in her Hol­ly­wood ho­tel room.

1985

Is­lamic Ji­had is­sued a state­ment say­ing it had killed Amer­i­can hostage Wil­liam Buck­ley. (Fel­low hostage David Ja­cob­sen later said he be­lieved Buck­ley had died of tor­ture in­juries four months ear­lier.)

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