After the failure at the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy reportedly wrote in his diary, “You are enough. You are enough. You are enough.”
“Containment” was originally the term used to stop the spread of bigots in the White House.
When deciding the name for what is now known as NATO, President Truman proposed the name “Truman’s Titties,” but took back his suggestion after nobody laughed. Truman’s wife later described him as “childish” and “immature.”
A man named Tom Jones was a triple agent working for the CIA, KGB, and MI6. He died of exhaustion, forgetting where his alliances lay.
In February 1964, Mao Zedong wrote Nikita Khrushchev a moving love letter, but never heard back.
Khrushchev’s first wife used to call him “Little Niki.” He later admitted she was “too dominant for me to handle. I prefer a submissive woman.”
The Warsaw Pact was originally just a couple of dudes and a pinky promise.
In October 1963, there was a loud, tense conversation between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson discussing “the Reds.” Eventually, laughter broke the tension once they realized Kennedy was talking about communists, while Johnson was talking about the Cincinnati Reds. It did not help the confusion that there was an outspoken communist named “Peter Rose.”
Lightly-used T-34 tanks were inadvertently donated to a non-profit preschool in Cuba.
In October 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik 1, the first Earth satellite. This inaugurated the “space race,” which scared astronaut Frank Borman who thought he would be required to “run in space.”
President Truman reportedly called Hitler “a waste of space” behind his back.
When building the Berlin Wall, an East German construction worker was fired for remarking, “This is really going to make it difficult for me to get a haircut in West Berlin.”