December 21, 1961
BIG TWO SUMMIT HELD IN BERMUDA
Hamilton, Bermuda (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy met today with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan of Great Britain at Government House here in Hamilton, Bermuda.
The meeting, called "The Big Two Summit," concerned East-West relations, nuclear weapons, Berlin & the Congo.
Following the Berlin Crisis this past summer, the President & Prime Minister agreed to "maintain the effectiveness of the deterrent" by renewal of testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere.
JFK & Macmillan talked for five hours per session only breaking for "tea". *
*Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was born in Chelsea, London to a British publisher & American born mother. His great grandfather was founder of Macmillan Publishing Company.
He served in WWI & fought at the Battle of the Somme.
He was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1957 to 1963 & developed a special relationship with President John F. Kennedy whose sister, Kick, had married the nephew of his wife, Lady Dorothy Macmillan.
JFK & Harold Macmillan in Bermuda
JFK Library Photo