On the heels of the Obama and Castro handshake, our Archive team has put together shots of past high profile handshakes of political leaders...

  • 380450 02: President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970 at the White House. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
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  • Infantrymen of the US First Army shake hands with Russian soldiers on the broken bridge over the Elbe after the link-up at Torgau, Germany. The US soldiers are (L-R): Pfc. John A Metzger, Delbert E Philpott, and Pvt. Thomas B Summers; all are from A Company, 271st Regiment. (Photo by Allan Jackson/Getty Images)
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  • Soviet statesman Nikita Khrushchev (right), first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, shake hands at the US Embassy in Vienna on meeting for talks. (Photo by Ron Case/Getty Images)
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  • Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong (1893 - 1976) shakes hands with American president Richard Nixon (1914 - 1994) in Peking (Beijing) during his visit to China. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro shaking hands with American vice-president Richard Nixon during a press reception in Washington. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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  • Future president Bill Clinton, a teenage boy, shakes the hand of President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) as other American Legion Boys Nation delegates look on during a trip to the White House in Washington DC. (Photo by Arnold Sachs/Getty Images)
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  • SPACE: Commander of the Soviet crew of Soyuz, Alexei Leonov (L) and commander of the American crew of Apollo, Thomas Stafford (R), shake hands 17 July 1975 in the space, somewhere over Western Germany, after the Apollo-Soyuz docking manoeuvres. // Le commandant soviTtique de l'Tquipage de Soyouz, Alexei Leonov (G) et le commandant amTricain de l'Tquipage d'Apollo, Thomas Stafford (D), se serrent la main le 17 juillet 1975 dans l'espace, quelque part au-dessus de l'Allemagne de l'Ouest. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 20: (VIDEO CAPTURE) U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (L) and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shake hands December 20, 1983 in Baghdad, Iraq. Rumsfeld met with Hussein during the war between Iran and Iraq as an envoy for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. (Photo by Getty Images)
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  • CAMP DAVID, ETATS-UNIS: This file photo shows former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat (L) as he shakes hands with former Israeli Premier Menachem Begin, as former US President Jimmy Carter looks on 06 September 1978 at Camp David, the US presidential retreat in Maryland. Egypt began peace initiatives with Israel in late 1977, when Sadat visited Jerusalem. A year later, with the help of Carter, terms of peace between Egypt and Israel were negotiated at Camp David. A formal treaty, signed 26 March 1979 in Washington, DC, granted full recognition of Israel by Egypt, opened trade relations between the two countries, and limited Egyptian military buildup in the Sinai. Israel agreed to return a final portion of occupied Sinai to Egypt. The 25th anniversary of the peace accord signing is marked on 17 September 2003, however, 25 years later, the international community is facing a never-ending tug of war between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and trying to prevent the second from exiling the first. The umpteenth peace plan named 'roadmap', which calls for creating a Palestinian state, is on life support, and the Bush administration does not know how long the patient will be able to hold up. 'Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat were heroes who showed that, when leaders are willing to take enormous risks, peace is possible,' Carter said recently, explaining why he thought the Camp David accords became possible. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read KARL SCHUMACHER/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • FILES,- OCTOBER 25: This 13 September 1993 file photo shows US President Bill Clinton (C) standing between PLO leader Yasser Arafat (R) as he shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzahk Rabin. Rabin and Arafat shook hands for the first time after Israel and the PLO signed a historic agreement on Palestinian autonomy in the occupied territories. Rabin was assassinated reportedly by a Jewish extremist 04 November after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv. (Photo credit should read FILE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 08: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, shakes hands with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during Pope John Paul II's funeral in St. Peter's Square on April 8, 2005 in Vatican City. President Mugabe, defied a European Union travel ban and flew from Zimbabwe unannounced to join world leaders attending Pope John Paul II's funeral . (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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  • SIRTE, LIBYA - MAY 29: Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) meets with Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi on May 29, 2007 in Sirte, Libya. Mr Blair is on a five day visit to meet with African leaders as he prepares to stand down as Britain's Prime Minister on June 27, 2007. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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  • German dictator Adolf Hitler shakes hands with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at Hotel Dressen in Godesberg, 22nd September 1938. The two met to discuss the German occupation of Sudetenland. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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  • US President Ronald Reagan (R) shown in a photo dated 01 June 1988 shaking hands with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at St. Catherine's Hall, Kremlin Place prior to their last summit meeting. (Photo credit should read MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • (FILES) A picture taken on July 21, 2008 shows Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (L) shaking hands with Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare after the signing of a deal between Zimbabwe's opposition and ruling party, paving the way for full-scale talks. President Robert Mugabe should consider stepping down as old age and health worries catch up with the 87-year-old Zimbabwean leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on November 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Desmond Kwande (Photo credit should read DESMOND KWANDE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • PCUS leader Stalin, President of the United States Harry Truman and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill shaking hands during the Potsdam conference. Potsdam, july 1945 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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  • BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 27: Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson (C) at the Lyric Theatre on June 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During the Queen's two day visit to Northern Ireland she held a hugely significant meeting with former IRA commander and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness at the Lyric Theatre today. The Queen will also visit the newly opened Titanic Museum and the town of Enniskillen. (Photo by Paul Faith/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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  • American baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919 - 1972) of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore, Maryland, 1947. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
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  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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