FOREIGN RELATIONS Moment In History At 4:30 in the afternoon of Lincoln's Birthday, 1945, those U.S. citizens who were listening to their radios" heard the first word of what might turn out to be the most important conference of the century.

With breathless enthusiasm, the newscasters announced that the eight-day meeting of the Big Three in the 100-room Crimean castle of Livadia had ended. (They had a clean beat, for many an afternoon newspaper had suspended publication because of the holiday.)

By any standards, the Crimean Conference was a great achievement (see INTERNATIONAL). All doubts about the Big Three's ability to...

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