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Three of the Greatest Meetings in History
If you’re a career-driven professional then you might find increasing amounts of your time is spent in meetings, but few of them will be quite as exciting as when Elvis met the President, or Jesus met his disciples for the final time. This article is about five of history’s most interesting meetings.
The Last Supper is documented in the Christian Gospels, and was the last meal that Jesus ate with his twelve apostles and disciples before his death. This event has been the subject of numerous pieces of art, including Leonardo da Vinci’s painting which it is strongly associated with.
According to Corinthians, during the last supper Jesus told his disciples to eat bread and drink from a cup, “in remembrance of me”. In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus introduced the new covenant of his blood and body – the wine and the bread. The Gospel of John describes how Jesus also washed the disciples’ feet, and spoke in detail about his divine role.
The vessel which was used to serve the wine to the disciples is known as the Holy Chalice, and is the subject of much Holy Grail literature in Christian mythology.
The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of the Triple Entente (allied forces) after The Great War to set the terms for Germany and other defeated nations. It took place in Paris in 1919 and was attended by diplomats from over 30 different countries. The result of the conference was a series of treaties (Peace of Paris Treaties) that reshaped Europe, imposing guilt and harsh financial penalties upon Germany. The three central figures were President Woodrow Wilson of the USA, David Lloyd George the UK’s Prime Minister and Georges Clemenceau of France.
Germany and Russia were not invited to the Peace Conference, but it was attended by delegates from every corner of the globe, each fighting for individual issues such as independence or women’s rights. The conference put an end to bankrupt states and even created new countries. The most important results of the peace conference was the blame attached to Germany, the forced military weakening and finance punishments. Arguably it is the guilt and penalties inflicted upon Germany which helped the rise of the Nazis and caused the Second World War.
One of the strangest meetings in history is that between rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon. The President of the United States of America meeting an entertainment star is not unusual in the slightest, but what makes it interesting is the detail. Without any invitation or correspondence, Elvis jumped on a plane and flew to Washington D.C to see the President.
On the American Airlines flight, Presley wrote a six-page letter to Nixon requesting a meeting, and suggesting he could be made a ‘Federal Agent-at-Large’. He travelled to the Whitehouse on December 21st 1970 and handed the letter to the guards. Nixon agreed to meet the rock star and met that afternoon in the Oval Office. Presley was a patriotic figure, and said he wanted to restore respect for the flag because drug culture and political radicalism was ruining America. The American Airlines flight represents a truly international conference venue.
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