is one of the most memorable moments of the Cold War.
the British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, gave a speech to the General Assembly
of the United Nations, Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, became enraged by some
of the comments.
blamed the UN for supporting the colonial powers in the Belgian Congo. The UN
had just sent a peacekeeping force with instructions not to influence the outcome
of the elections.
said he gave his full confidence to UN secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. While
the assembly applauded, Kruschev smashed his fists on the table.
made reference in his speech to a summit in Paris which was called off after the
Russians shot a US spy plane down over Russian.
started to shout at this point:
send U2s. You were supporting aggression."
outburst came later in the speech with Krushcev objecting to some of the comments
made over disarmament.