Today in History: Brussels World’s Fair Closes

| October 19, 2018

Atomium_Belgium_1Did you know that on October 19, 1958 the Brussels World Fair, or International Exposition, at Heysel Park closed after six months? The first major show after World War II, this expo whose theme was titled, “A World View: A New Humanism”, featured the Atomium, a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal. It drew over 41 million visitors following the call by King Baudoin of Belgium for world peace and social and economic progress. The United States pavilion offered fashion models, a computer demonstrating knowledge of history, a glassed-in color television studio, and performance by the Seventh Army Orchestra, while Russia exhibited a model Sputnik, the first nuclear ice breaker, cars, and a science and technology bookstore with English-language books published by the Moscow Press. Among the 42 countries represented were Austria, Belgium Czechoslovakia, Federal republic of Germany, Mexico, Paris and France, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. Previous expos in Brussels were held in 1897, 1910, and 1935.

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