Carlos Aranaga, America.gov
Washington — July 24, 1959, saw the opening of the first American National Exhibit in Moscow, one of 19 such exhibits which would draw more than 20 million Soviet visitors during the next three decades.
Americans remember the videotaped impromptu debate between then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, which took place in a model American kitchen at Sokolniki Park on the opening day. Started as an exchange about kitchen appliances, the debate turned into a face-off about the comparative merits of communism and capitalism.
50 Years Later: The American National Exhibit in Moscow