... 1946 (65 years ago today), the Soviet delegate to the United Nations threatened to boycott sessions if San Francisco were named the headquarters of the nascent international organization. As reported by The New York Times, the delegate alleged that the United States was pushing for that city -- and it was, as explained in this prior post. But the Soviet representative, who did not foresee (or perhaps wished to fend off) what's just been dubbed America's Pacific Century,
angrily declared that if the United Nations were to move to the West Coast it would become a second-rate organization, attracting only second-rate diplomats, whose efforts 'cannot lead to anything.'
A day later, the United States supported the East Coast as the U.N. site.
(Prior December 5 posts are here, here, here, and here.)