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Document for October 9th:
Memorandum of Conference with President Eisenhower on October 8, 1957, 10/09/1957


Memorandum of Conference with President Eisenhower on October 8, 1957, 10/09/1957 (National Archives Identifier: 186623); File Unit: Staff Notes March 1958 (2), 03/1958; Collection DDE-EPRES: Eisenhower, Dwight D.: Papers as President of the United States, 1953 - 1961; Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (NLDDE); National Archives and Records Administration.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, with the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik, aboard. At first, some in the Eisenhower administration downplayed the satellite as a "useless hunk of iron." President Eisenhower and some of his advisors, when they realized the significance of the Soviet achievement, met to discuss the alarming developments. This memo of that meeting, dated October 9, 1957, preserved the initial reactions of those present.
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