Jul 18, 2018
5:02 AM


[History]: What American pilot caused a Russian premier to bang his shoe on a podium?

On 1 May 1960, just prior to the beginning of the Kennedy Administration, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down by the Soviets over Sverdlovsk and spent 21 months in prison.

Shortly thereafter, Nikita Khrushschev, Premier of the then Soviet Union, made his famous declaration "We will bury you within 50 years" while pounding his shoe on the podium at the United Nations.

Two years later, Gary Powers was traded for a famous Russion spy, Rudolph Abel, as they crossed the Glienecke bridge, which joined east and west Berlin (Germany). They passed each other silently as they passed mid-bridge.

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