Today In History- January 31

Today In History- January 31 - Stories


1st American sattelite launched into orbit.

  • Cape Canaveral, Florida

In competition with the Soviets, on Jan. 31, 1958, the U.S. officially launched its first satellite.  Part of the Explorer Program, Explorer 1 began a new series in the Cold War, and increased reliance on technological development in the Space Race that would follow in the coming decade.