March 27th 1958: Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier

On this day in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became head of the government of the Soviet Union. Khrushchev served as Premier of the world’s first Communist state from 1958 to 1964. He, along with Lenin and Stalin, are the only Premiers to also have been party leader simultaneously. Under Khrushchev, Russia was partially de-Stalinised, which was a core policy of the Premier who vociferously denounced his predecessor’s dangerous ‘cult of personality’. However, the accession of Khrushchev did not ease the tensions of the Cold War, and during his tenure Russia escalated its space program to compete with the United States in the ‘Space Race’. Russia had successfully launched the first satellite - Sputnik 1 - in 1957, but now sought to put a man in space, which they did in 1961. It was also under Khrushchev that the Cold War came the closest to breaking out into fully fledged war, with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963. Khrushchev was deposed by party colleagues in 1964 and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary of the Communist Party and by Alexei Kosygin as Premier.

I was gonna rip your guts out and wipe the walls with them
       but my friends, my family                                                                                                                                they reminded me that I’m better than that

Russian Drinking Horn

Item from: Gifts from Heads of State

This drinking horn was given to the United States by Nikita Khrushchev when he was Premier of the USSR. It is made from a bovine horn, silver, and niello. 

Discover more gifts between nations at the Friendship Between Nations Family Day! This event is tomorrow, March 28th, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You can find more information about this event on the events page at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/events/#blc2.

Source: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKSG-MO-1963-2470-1.aspx

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Excerpts from Your Soul is a River

'My darling, he is just a boy.

How can he possibly begin to appreciate the constellations you leave in your wake, or the stardust in your bones, when he has yet to realise just what it means to be in love with a girl like you?’