Today, we have satellites helping us do everything from watching TV to navigating to the grocery store. But back in 1957, Americans were sent into a panic because there was only one satellite in space — and it wasn't ours. The Sputnik satellite marked the beginning of the space race and, in many ways, the modern era. Four Sputniks were made: One burned up in our atmosphere, one is in Russia, one is in the Smithsonian, and one recently came up for auction ... and just guess who bought it.
Thanks to Heritage Auctions, Glenn Beck had the chance to go behind the scenes to get an exclusive look at all kinds of incredible items going up for a high-stakes auction. The auction was mostly themed around the JFK era and the space race, but there’s something for everybody — "Game of Thrones" fans, space nerds, U.S. presidency buffs, Texas die-hards, and more.
In the video below, Glenn takes a look at the speech inside Teddy Roosevelt’s jacket pocket that saved his life — complete with bullet hole and blood. The typewriter of John F. Kennedy’s secretary, a secret hotline phone likely used to dial Marilyn Monroe, JFK’s bloodstained limo seat, and the TV news camera that captured Lee Harvey Oswald’s death live. And, of course, the satellite that helped spark the U.S.-Soviet Union space race.
With each artifact, you’ll learn a new story. Which White House employee warned JFK not to go to Dallas? Which president refused to wear hats? And what does Nikola Tesla have to do with the U.S.-Soviet Union space race? It’s history like you’ve never seen it before.
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