Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fact of the Day: Nikita Khrushchev Shoe

Nikita Khrushchev became infamous for many things, one of which was banging his shoe (which some debate actually is what he did) on a desk in protest at a U.N. meeting. The Soviet Union officially condemned colonialism, but he was enraged when a delegate from the Philippines called him out on the double standard as the Soviets had essentially built their own empire out of Eastern Europe. 

13 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

As long as it didn't stink too bad

RO said...

It's interesting how shoes have become symbolic in so many ways to different people. I've heard that throwing shoes on the Voice is a compliment!!!(lol) But I shudder to think what would happen if someone was actually hit and injured. Hugs and Happy Wednesday! RO

Bob Bushell said...

Smelly feet.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

He was a laugh a minute, ol' Nikita.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Joanne Noragon said...

And you know, Adam, I watched Walter Cronkite report that on the television.

Kirk said...

He basically, and probably unintentionally, convinced much of the world that he was a lunatic hard-liner by doing that (ironically, he had was a liberal compared to Stalin)

Mary Kirkland said...

Interesting what he did to get the attention he was wanting.

Martha said...

That is interesting.

Huggybear said...

The "TURNIP TOP" of the 1950/60's.
What more can you say?
Colin

Birgit said...

Of course he banged his shoe on the table. I have seen that clip more than once. Interesting that the shoe is wiped out in your above photo

Sami said...

Double standards indeed!

Fundy Blue said...

I remember when he did it.