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May 6th marks the 20th anniversary of a day when the world turned its attention to Fulton, Missouri. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
Twenty years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev stepped foot onto Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. There he delivered a speech which formally lifted the Iron Curtain. The event was dubbed the public relations event of the spring. More than 400 journalists were in attendance, and CNN coverage of the speech reached 132 countries. Though there were only 1,500 seats available, close to 20,000 people turned out. Many camped out on hillsides the night before to have a good view of the event.
The event was dubbed “Full Circle” because in 1946, Winston Churchill had announced at the very same college that the Iron Curtain was descending. Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush and Ronald Reagan also spoke there.
For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.