October 12, 1960 : Nikita Khrushchev throws a tantrum at the United Nations

Introduction

In one of the most surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev removes his shoe and pounds a table with it in protest against a speech critical of Soviet policy in Eastern Europe. During a debate over a Russian resolution decrying colonialism, a representative of the government of the Philippines charged the Soviets with employing a double standard, pointing to their domination of Eastern Europe as an example of the colonialism they were criticizing in their resolution. In response, Khrushchev took off one of his shoes and began to furiously pound the table. The chaotic scene finally ended when General Assembly President Frederick Boland (Ireland) broke his gavel calling the meeting to order, but not before the image of Khrushchev as a hotheaded buffoon was indelibly etched into America’s collective memory.

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October 12, 1960 : Nikita Khrushchev throws a tantrum at the United Nations

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    History.com Staff

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    October 12, 1960 : Nikita Khrushchev throws a tantrum at the United Nations

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nikita-khrushchev-throws-a-tantrum-at-the-united-nations

  • Access Date

    October 24, 2017

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    A+E Networks