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1959: Visitors to the Lincoln Memorial appearing as small as toy soldiers. That year, even Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union, bowed in the 16th president’s presence, and he seemed eager to offer his admiration. “He was a really great man. He waged war against slavery,” The Times quoted Mr. Khrushchev saying during a visit to Washington. “The streets were virtually empty as the motorcade drive [sic] past the Jefferson Memorial,” an article read. “The nearest thing to an incident came as the cars passed an Army bus full of school children who shouted ‘Hey, meatball.’ ” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times