July 24, 1959 – Kitchen Debate in Moscow

July 24, 1959 – Kitchen Debate in Moscow

On July 24, 1959, in front of replica of a suburban American kitchen, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in an impromptu debate about the merits and disadvantages of capitalism and communism. Nixon had traveled to Moscow to open the U.S. Trade and Cultural Fair in Sokolniki Park, organized as a goodwill gesture by the USSR. The televised Kitchen Debate helped solidify Nixon’s reputation as a tough and capable U.S. leader and was a definitive moment in the Cold War.