Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:18 am (Updated: December 10, 8:54 am)
At the height of the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union were each trying to prove their superiority in everything.
So in 1958 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had his country host the first International Tchaikovsky Competition for classical musicians, an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority. But he had to be embarrassed when a 23-year-old American pianist, Van Cliburn, won the competition handily.
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