UN Participates in First Telstar Programme

Telstar 1, the world’s first active communications satellite, was launched on July 10,1962. On the 23rd of that month the United Nations participated in the first-ever publicly viewable trans-Atlantic television transmission, between Western Europe, the United States, and Canada. A live pick-up from UNHQ joined the larger programme, which included a press conference by United States President John F. Kennedy and commentary by news anchors Walter Cronkite and Chet Huntley in New York and the BBC’s Richard Dimbleby in Brussels. Also shown, pictures of the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as a short segment of a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.