Today in Southern History: Explorer I

31 January 1958

On this date in 1958… 

Explorer I was the first satellite launched by the United States was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by the Jupiter C rocket and was designed, built, and launched under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun.


Other Years:

  • 1861 – Louisiana state troops seized the U.S. Mint and Customs House in New Orleans.
  • 1865 – General Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the Confederate States forces.
  • 1865 – The US House of Representatives passed the constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
  • 1874 – The James-Younger gang robbed a train at Gads Hill, Missouri.

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