Russia (USSR) sends the first human made satellite into
space. This still primitive satellite is called: Spoetnik and could
only transmit a beep signal.
This event has been predicted in the Science Fiction literature by
Arthur C. Clark in the 50's. In fact many future developments will
be predicted in the Science Fiction literature, and this one already
came through! A good indication of the cross fertilization of science
In 25 years a web of satellites will make it possible to have a world
wide information network without having to pull thousands of kilometers
of cables through soil and sea or air.