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Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, October 5, 1957. My brother and I take a lunch break after fishing since early morning. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio carries the Gopher-Purdue game (which the Gophers won). On the way back to Minneapolis late that afternoon, we learned that the Russians had launched Sputnik. This was also the week that Leave It To Beaver debuted on teleivison. View full size.