Vice President Richard Nixon cut the ribbon to open the American display at the World’s Fair in Moscow on July 24, 1959. He was showing Premier Nikita Khrushchev the Russian leader an American home when he and Khrushchev started arguing about the merits of their countries.
Khrushchev particularly enjoyed waving bye bye to the American way of life alluding to the thought that Russia would surpass the United States and leave us in the dust.
Less than a year later Russia would shoot down American pilot Gary Powers who was piloting a U2 spy plane sending the two countries into the Cold War.
This video of the Kitchen Debate shows Vice President Richard Nixon and Premier Nikita Khrushchev in their famous debate that took place in the American display at the World’s Fair in Moscow on July 24, 1959.