Some notable state dinners

India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, left, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. and Nehru's sister Vijaya Pandit, and President Harry S. Truman, wave as they leave Washington's National Airport on October 11, 1949, after Nehru arrived from London. The state dinner for Nehru was held at Blair House, the government guest house across the street from the White House, because the Executive Mansion was undergoing repairs.

India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, left, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. and Nehru's sister Vijaya Pandit, and President Harry S. Truman, wave as they leave Washington's National Airport on October 11, 1949, after Nehru arrived from London. The state dinner for Nehru was held at Blair House, the government guest house across the street from the White House, because the Executive Mansion was undergoing repairs.