1959: The Nixon Khrushchev kitchen debates

By Silvio Canto

By the summer of 1959, VP Nixon was probably looking ahead to the 1960 presidential election.   

On the other hand, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was probably trying to prove to the Kremlin that he could stand up to the US.     

They both got their chance on this day in 1959 or the famous kitchen debates.

Who won?   They probably both did.     

Nixon lost the 1960 election but came back to win 1968 and 1972.   Khrushchev was ousted in 1964 and we did not hear much from him after that.

The US and USSR would meet several times on the Cold War front, from Cuba to Vietnam to the Middle East.     The USSR dissolved at the end of 1991.

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