It’s a night of pomp, revelry, and clinked glasses—American-style. As Justin Trudeau prepares to join President Barack Obama for the Prime Minister’s first state dinner at the White House—the first such event for a sitting Canadian prime minister in nearly two decades—take a look back at how the Americans showed their hospitality to some past dignitaries.
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President and Mrs. Richard Nixon greet Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau at the North protico of the White House last night for a white tie state dinner; the first of the Nixon administration. The party was very formal. Trudeau did not bring a date nor do any dancing and left early at 11.10. (Bob Olsen/Toronto Star/Getty Images)