Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1953: A big day for John F Kennedy & Nikita Khrushchev


On this day in 1953, John F Kennedy, a new senator from Massachusetts, and Nikita Khrushchev, of the USSR, had something to cheer about.

JFK married Jackie:

"Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. More than 750 guests attended the ceremony presided over by Boston Archbishop Richard Cushing and featuring Boston tenor Luigi Vena, who sang "Ave Maria." A crowd of 3,000 onlookers waited outside the church for a glimpse of the newlyweds, who were taken by motorcycle escort to their wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, an estate overlooking Naragansett Bay. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States seven years later."

Over in the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev was elected leader:

"Six months after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev succeeds him with his election as first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union."

They met in May 1961 in Vienna, as the leaders of their two nations.  They went head to head in the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

They had something to cheer about in 1953!

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