‘The diplomat explained that people were booing, an expression of disapproval. Khrushchev grew thoughtful. In the back of the car, he said experimentally to himself: “Boo!” And then again: “Boo!” He liked it.’ Neal Ascherson on Nikita Khrushchev:
#OTD in 1962, nuclear war loomed when the United States discovered that the Soviets had nuclear missiles in Cuba. After 13 tense days and a U.S. naval blockade of Cuba, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to withdraw the missiles.
Pushinka, a mixed-breed whose mother had been sent into orbit on Korabl-Sputnik 2, was a surprise delivery from Nikita Khrushchev'>Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1961. (3/5) Credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum / NARA
This Day. 1959: Dwight Eisenhower welcomed the first Soviet leader to visit the United States - Nikita Khrushchev. Ike took him to Camp David. Whatever hopes they had for better ties were soon wrecked when a U.S. spy plane was shot down over Soviet airspace
In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.