December 21, 1961
JFK MEETS WITH BRITISH PM MACMILLAN
Bermuda (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy met today with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan of Great Britain at Government House in Bermuda.
The meeting, called “The Big Two Summit,” concerned East-West relations, nuclear weapons, Berlin & the Congo.
Following the Berlin Crisis in the summer of 1961, JFK & Mr. Macmillan agreed to “maintain the effectiveness of the deterrent” by renewal of testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere.
JFK & Macmillan talked for five hours per session only breaking for “tea”. *
*JFK & Macmillan, whose nephew married JFK’s sister, developed a special relationship at this meeting. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, JFK called the PM every day.
Harold Macmillan died in 1986 at the age of 92.
JFK & Harold Macmillan in Bermuda
JFK Library Photo