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Datebook: October 11 – Reykjavík Summit Begins End of Cold War 25 Years Ago

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The Reykjavík Summit was a summit meeting between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, held in the famous house of Höfði in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, on October 11–12, 1986. The talks collapsed at the last minute, but the progress that had been achieved eventually resulted in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. Though the meeting adjourned with no agreement, both sides discovered the extent of the concessions the other side was willing to make. Human rights became a subject of productive discussion for the first time. Despite its apparent failure, participants and observers have referred to the summit as an enormous breakthrough which eventually facilitated the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty), signed in Washington on December 8, 1987, and contributed to the end of the Cold War, which concluded with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

It’s Tuesday, October 11

Murray State Libraries’ annual book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tent City at MSU’s Homecoming Game. Browse MSU Shields along with popular fiction, academia, media and comic books at reasonable prices. View the library’s own comic book production at the tent as well.

UT’s West Tennessee Agricultural Museum on Highway 70/79 in Milan’s 13th Fall Folklore Jamboree is Saturday from 9 to 4. Parking is at Milan High School or Temple Baptist Church with shuttle buses provided. Only handicapped parking on site. Admission is $5 Adults, less for kids. See over 100 demonstrators of old time crafts.

Paducah’s Market House Theatre opens its production of the classic E.B. White tale Charlotte’s Web Thursday. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this weekend and next. The box office number is 270-444-6828. Tickets are $6 for children, $11 for adults.

See this Datebook at The Front Blog at wkms.org. Thanks also for becoming a contributor there.

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