World History Minute: The world’s first satellite (Oct. 8, 1957)

World History Minute: The world’s first satellite (Oct. 8, 1957)
World History Minute: The world’s first satellite (Oct. 8, 1957)

World History Minute: The world’s first satellite (Oct. 8, 1957)

Anyone who was alive on Oct. 4, 1957 probably remembers the launch of the storied Soviet satellite, Sputnik. For those history buffs too young to remember this pioneering move into space, historian John Schmidt sets the scene. Pictured: An exhibit on Sputnik 1 at the Air and Space Museum in Dayton, OH (Photo: Wikicommons/US Air Force)