Fifty-two years ago, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Los Angeles. After touring film studios and meeting movie stars, including Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine (above), Khrushchev stated that he would very much like to see Disneyland.
Unfortunately, large crowds and security…
The annual meeting of the Night Witches pilots in Moscow, 1949
What a babe.
Valentina Tereshkova, 1963
On today August 19th, in 1960, American pilot Gary Powers was convicted of espionage in the U-2 incident in Moscow. The photo above is from his trial.
I like that sentence.
Today August 18th, in 1991 Soviet reformer Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was placed under house arrest by members of the Communist party in an attempted coup to transfer power. The coup failed but Gorbachev would still lose power to popular reformer Borris Yeltsin. The Soviet Union dissolved four months later on December 31st.
An anti-nuclear protest during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
In August 1961, East Germany laid the first bricks of a wall that would divide Berlin for 30 years. Leslie Colitt, a student in West Berlin, suddenly faced a perilous challenge – how to smuggle his fiancee from east to west
Almost everything written about and by Kim Philby is wrong, claims Boris Volodarsky. The Soviet spy and his KGB masters sought to exaggerate his successes against the West, beginning with the fictions that surround Philby’s first mission during the Spanish Civil War.
A meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev meeting for the first time at the second and final Geneva Summit; the first being held in 1955.
November 19, 1985.