Every decade, it seems, contains a single year that epitomizes its era. The Depression had 1933; the Sixties, 1968. In the Fifties, it was 1957, the year of the pill, Sputnik, Dr. Seuss, Little Rock, and more. Half a century later, U.S. News takes a look back.
Eisenhower confronts the political and moral crisis of integrating public schools.
The Brooklyn Dodgers' move to California sparked a migration fed by dreamers seeking great weather and high employment.
The "Mighty Mac" was a singular feat that would bridge the 5-mile gap between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
Two midwestern teens go on a killing spree, inspiring films and songs for decades.
The author questioned conventional roles with The Feminine Mystique, a book that changed women's lives.
With Sputnik, the Soviets open a new frontier and catch America off-guard.
The strong, straight lines of the font shape corporate logos, government tax forms, and exit signs.
Millions of advertising dollars couldn't sell "an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon."
A versatile and gifted athlete, Jim Brown broke barriers on and off the playing field.
An outrageous cat with a peculiar hat teaches a new generation to read.
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