JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1969KENNEDY-KHRUSHCHEV MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME AT SUMMIT
Vienna, Austria (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, June 3, 1961, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy arrived here in the Austrian capital following their whirlwind visit to France. The Kennedys were greeted at Schwechat Airport by Adolf Sharf*, President of Austria.
The President met Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev for the first time at the American Embassy. Mr. Kennedy was accompanied by Secretary of State Dean Rusk and National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy. Mr. Khrushchev was assisted by Andrei Gromyko and Anatoliy Dobrynin.
Chris Matthews tells us that Khrushchev had "demanded a showdown" on the issue of BERLIN and once at the summit made a point to lecture JFK on "socialist inevitability."
MacroHistory says that President Kennedy "labored under the conception that the Soviet Union was bent on fomenting revolution around the world," while Premier Khrushchev "argued about balance of power,...Laos and nuclear testing."
The talks continued the following day.
*Adolf Sharf (1890-1965) served as Vice-Chancellor of Austria from 1945 to 1957 & President of Austria from 1957 to 1965. He was born in Nikolsburg, Moravia and earned his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1914. AS served in World War I and in June 1961 hosted a state banquet for President Kennedy & Premier Khrushchev at Schonbrunn Palace.
"Vienna Summit Conference, June 1961," MacroHistory and World Timeline, www.fsmitha.com/