The Remarkable 1957 The launch of Sputnik, the premieres of Leave It to Beaver and West Side Story, the integration of Little Rock Central High School, and the birth of On The Road — journalist Ken Walsh talks about an amazing year.

The Remarkable 1957

The Remarkable 1957

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Leave It to Beaver shares a launch date with the Soviet Sputnik satellite, October 4, 1957. R. Gates/Getty Images hide caption

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Leave It to Beaver shares a launch date with the Soviet Sputnik satellite, October 4, 1957.

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The year 1957 saw the launch of Sputnik, the premieres of Leave It to Beaver and West Side Story, the integration of Little Rock Central High School, and the birth of On The Road.

Journalist Ken Walsh, of U.S. News & World Report, talks about an amazing year.

On our blog, you can hear an interview with Jerry Mathers, who played the Beaver on Leave It to Beaver — a show that launched the same day as Sputnik.