BELGIUM: All's Fair

The opening of the Brussels World's Fair was only 24 hours away, and, despite seven years of planning and 16 months of frenetic construction, the 470-acre showcase was still a littered building site. "We'll never make it," muttered a French official—and in fact the French (along with the Italians, Brazilians, the Arabs, Moroccans, Tunisians and Spaniards) were not ready on opening day. In the U.S. pavilion one entire exhibit was torn out for being unready. In most pavilions there were similar last-minute crises. But after workmen had performed a herculean overnight cleanup job, Belgium's tall, shy King Baudouin, 27,...

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!