October 4, 1957 -- "HERE'S RUSSIAN MO0N -- Moscow -- This first official picture of the Soviet satellite was
released in Moscow, showing the four-antennaed moon resting on a pedestal. (AP Wirephoto via radio)."  
This clipping is fifty years old now. I cut it from the Arkansas Democrat when I was just a boy.

Shown here resting on a pedestal before it was launched on October 4th, 1957