May 01, 2012

Cinema in the Round

Cinema in the Round
Alexei Sovertkov

One of the most surreal episodes of the Cold War occurred during Nikita Khrushchev’s historic tour of the United States in 1959, the first time a Soviet – or Russian – leader ever visited the U.S.

Khrushchev, who was visiting Los Angeles, literally threw a temper tantrum when his hosts told him that, due to security concerns, they could not allow him to visit Disneyland.

“And I’m telling you, I would very much like to go and see Disneyland,” Khrushchev shouted angrily, according to the New York Times report of September 19, 1959.

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