BRAZIL: Capital Confusion

Capital Confusion A muscular dystrophy victim named Renato Ruieroz made the 800-mile trip from Rio by wheelchair, and arrived in time. A relay of athletes ran a flaming torch from Salvador, 1.800 road miles away, as 100,000 Brazilians converged last week to hear President Juscelino Kubi-tschek proclaim: "I declare inaugurated under the protection of God the city of Brasilia." President Dwight Eisenhower, like dozens of other heads of state, cabled his congratulations "on the splendid pioneering spirit of Brazil."

The new capital, in the wilds of Goiás state, was actually a glorious shambles. "I needed five more days to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!