Today is Saturday, Oct. 4, the 278th day of 2008. There are 88 days left in the year.
Highlight in History: In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.
The Valley Then: In 1914, in accordance with President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation, a “Day of Prayer for Peace” was observed in area churches.
On this date: In 1777, George Washington’s troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.
In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps.
In 1957, Jimmy Hoffa was elected president of the Teamsters Union.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit the Western Hemisphere as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
In 1970, rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood, Calif., hotel room.