An Atlas rocket launched the first communications satellite on this date in 1958. A pre-recorded message from President Eisenhower was soon transmitted from space.
(This flight was one of the early projects for ARPA, the government agency that later helped create the Internet.)
Here is a Universal newsreel story about the mission:
Many people heard a replay of Eisenhower’s message on their local radio stations.
“This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere.”
The following recording comes from radio station WBAI.
Eisenhower’s message from space made news again in 2013:
“The first audio message to be relayed from outer space will be preserved as part of the National Recording Registry alongside Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence,’ and Chubby Checker’s rendition of ‘The Twist,’ the Library of Congress announced Thursday.
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