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On This Day 1959: Anglo-US TV Debate Makes History

Offbeat  (tags: Prime Minister, President, TV debate, UK, USA )

- 1265 days ago -
British prime minister Harold Macmillan and American president Dwight Eisenhower have given an historic live television broadcast from Downing Street.


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Animae C (507)
Monday August 31, 2015, 2:48 pm
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Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 3:05 pm
In Context
President Eisenhower's meeting with the Prime Minister Macmillan took place as part of a nine-day tour of Europe.

During his trip he held talks with the French President General Charles de Gaulle in Paris, where he also met with Italian Prime Minister Signor Segni and Nato personalities.

He then held talks with German Chancellor, Dr Konrad Adenauer in Bonn.

The main purpose of the round of meetings was to discuss issues such as the future status of Berlin and to strengthen Western ranks against any future Soviet pressure on Berlin.

It was during the British leg of his tour that the historic television broadcast was made, which according to sources at the White House, was received very favourably around world.

It was the first time that such a broadcast had ever been made and initial protests by the Labour party - fearing the event would jeopardise its chances in the forthcoming General Election - were withdrawn.

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Wednesday September 2, 2015, 2:46 am
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