Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Did Khrushchev bang his shoe at the UN?

1960 Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on a table at a General Assembly of the United Nations meeting, in anger at a point, made Lorenzo Sumulong, the Filipino delegate, about Soviet Union policies regarding Eastern Europe.

Sumulong asked ‘Mr K’ how he could protest Western capitalist imperialism while the Soviet Union was at the same time rapidly assimilating Eastern Europe. Khrushchev became enraged and informed Sumulong that he was, “a jerk, a stooge and a lackey of imperialism,” then removed one of his shoes and banged it on his table. Or, so it is said, but it is doubted by some ...

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