The 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 1st, 2012

In October of 1962, the United States came the closest it had ever come to a nuclear war. Reconnaissance photos showed that the Soviet Union was constructing missile sites on the island of Cuba. President John F. Kennedy moved quickly after being told of the secret installations. What followed was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that could have led to a nuclear catastrophe. As the anniversary approaches, presidential historian Tom Whalen offers his reflections and the lessons learned from the crisis.

Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131 or tjw64@bu.edu.

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