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.
- 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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