These Meetings — Not Just President Trump and Kim Jung Un — Shook The World
A moment can change history but a meeting can define it.
Thirteen seconds. That's how long President Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un shook hands at the start of their summit Tuesday. The length of the contact, their facial expressions and body language, the stunning backdrop of interlocked national flags — all of it was instantly analyzed, criticized and marveled at in tweets and commentary in South Korea, the United States and beyond.
Photo by The Associated Press — John Miller, of Manchester, N.H., a former U.S. Army sergeant who served as a forward radio relay operator in Vietnam, watches as President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while having a beer at the American Legion Post #2 in Manchester on Monday.
And will be for years to come.
Between wars, pop culture, and competition, sometimes the stars align and important meetings take place to further human history.
These moments are discussed and remembered years later as contributors to the events that followed.
Here are some of the most impactful meetings in history.
Following a race to the moon, the U.S. and Russia still had tension.
The tension began to dissipate when the two powerhouse countries accomplished the first joint space docking.
On July 17, 1976, the Russian Soyuz and American Apollo flight docked to each other and within three hours, mission commanders Astronaut Tom Stafford and Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov exchanged the first international handshake in space through the open hatch of the Soyuz.
Fun fact: Leonov joked that there were three languages spoken on the mission: Russian, English, and “Oklahomski,” due to Strafford's long drawl when he spoke Russian.
On Sept. 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact basically handing Czechoslovakia over to Germany.
The agreement was to give Hitler the part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power to the Nazi war machine.
Chamberlain left the meeting saying they achieved, "peace in our time."
In a private meeting with Hitler, Chamberlain was convinced that Hitler's territorial demands were reasonable and described the Fuhrer as a "gentleman."
A year later, Hitler invaded Poland and Chamberlain had to embarrassingly announce Britain was at war with Germany.
Four months after overthrowing the Cuban government, Dictator Fidel Castro was invited by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to visit the U.S.
Some thought President Eisenhower would meet with Castro, but it became clear the president had no plans to do so when he went golfing instead.
Castro instead met with the Council on Foreign Affairs, a New York-based group of private citizens and former government officials interested in U.S. international relations. Though during the meeting Castro became combative after some questions from the audience and left the discussion abruptly.
That is when Vice President Nixon met with the dictator hoping to nudge Castro "in the right direction."
When the meeting ended Nixon concluded that Castro was, "either incredibly naive about communism or under communist discipline-my guess is the former.”
The meeting could be seen as foreshadowing because less than a year later, President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to begin arming and training a group of Cuban exiles to attack Cuba.
The mothers of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls unite
In a time when the hip-hop world was torn, just before the millennium, the mothers of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls made peace.
Violetta Wallace and Afeni Skakur spoke at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards following the murders of their sons.
The East Coast West Coast feud came to a screeching halt when the two mothers united and spoke of the power of faith, friends, loved ones, family, and friends to bring people together.
Because of the two mothers putting differences aside, the hip-hop world could start the new millennium in peace.
Probably the weirdest and most random meeting in history was between former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un.
The flamboyant heavily pierced Rodman describes Un as a friend and upon the initial visit, the two watched a basketball game courtside together.
Since then, Rodman has become the strangest U.S. ambassador to North Korea.
Rodman openly wept on TV in a live interview from Singapore on Tuesday as Trump and Kim met for the first time.
"It's a great day" Rodman said. "I'm so happy!"
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this article.