Thursday, July 24, 2014


"You're a lawyer of Capitalism. I'm a lawyer for Communism. Let's kiss!"

Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union and Vice President Richard Nixon of the United States squared off in an informal debate 55 years ago today, July 24, 1959, at the American National Exhibition here in Moscow.

The superpowers had agreed to display exhibits as part of a cultural exchange program.  The Soviet exhibit opened in New York in 1958.

The American exhibit in Moscow included a complete house filled with modern kitchen appliances.

As they came to the kitchen display, the Vice-President said...

"This is our newest model.  This is the kitchen which is built in thousands of units for direct installations in the houses.  

In America, we like to make life easier for women."

The Premier, not especially impressed, replied...

"Your capitalistic attitude toward women does not occur under communism."

Khrushchev went on to say that in his country...

"all you have to do to get a house is to be born in the Soviet Union.  You are entitled to housing.

In America, if you do not have a dollar you have a right to choose between sleeping in a house or on the pavement."

The Premier appeared, however, to be willing to agree to disagree with the Vice-President when he said...

"You're a lawyer of Capitalism.  I'm a lawyer for Communism.  Let's kiss!"

Khrushchev and Nixon 
Kitchen Debate
July 24, 1959


"The Kitchen Debate,"


Honolulu, Hawaii (JFK+50) When President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 the US would land a man on the moon "in this decade", he added and "return him safely to the earth."

Forty-five years ago today, July 24, 1969, the second part of JFK's goal was accomplished as the crew of Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The Columbia spacecraft was retrieved and the crew brought safely aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.

The crew was immediately placed in a "Mobile Quarantine Facility" where they were to remain for five days.

There was concern at the time about the astronauts bringing back germs from the moon.  Today the USS Hornet is a museum in Alameda, California.

Apollo 11's Columbia Spacecraft
After Splashdown
NASA Photo


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-one years ago today, July 24, 1963, President John F. Kennedy greeted delegates to the Boys Nation Convention at the White House here in the Nation's Capital.

Boys Nation is a program sponsored by the American Legion.

Two delegates are selected from each of 49 states. (Hawaii does not participate).

The delegates have just completed their junior year of high school.

One of the two delegates from the state of Arkansas was future president William Jefferson Clinton who had his picture made shaking hands with JFK.

Bill Clinton Meets JFK
White House Rose Garden
July 24, 1963