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I have felt this before, during World War II and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to name two particularly precarious chapters in American and global history. In both cases there was a chance that outside forces would exterminate, quite literally, our nation and its ideals. 3/

JFK and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara at close of Cuban Missile Crisis, today 1962, next to White House Rose Garden, as it used to look this time of year: #JFKL 

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JFK with RFK and other advisors, including LBJ, as Cuban Missile Crisis winds down, today 1962: #JFKL 

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JFK’s classic letter to his mother six days after Cuban Missile Crisis, which ended today 1962:

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After days of negotiations, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove the missiles from Cuba, and President Kennedy releases this statement, effectively ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. 📄 RFK's copy of the statement:

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New York Times on Cuban Missile Crisis culmination of today 1962:

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This @Radiolab  episode describes the 1960s tournament with computer programs vying with one another in a version of a Cuban Missile crisis to see if they could avoid escalating to Armageddon. Here were the algorithms. 2/9

JFK’s secret letter to Khrushchev offering way to end the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully, today 1962:

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Inside JFK's decisionmaking during the Cuban missile crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis was this week 1962, and with a less skilled and careful President than JFK, it could have quickly escalated into a nuclear war killing tens of millions of people.

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“I can’t say this any more clearly: Our democracy is in terrible danger — more danger than it has been since the Civil War, more danger than after Pearl Harbor, more danger than during the Cuban missile crisis and more danger than during Watergate.

"In these difficult days in the life of our country...there is one thing that we all can do. And that is to demonstrate our faith in democracy and our strong belief in freedom….I hope every American will vote.” —President Kennedy, after Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

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As a child, my father escaped communist Cuba right before the Cuban Missile Crisis. When I traveled to Cuba for CNN, I pressed Raul Castro on his human rights record. Part of our job is asking tough questions of political leaders, something they don't allow in communist countries

It’s been 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were incinerated, and 50 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty took effect. Yet the world is today in greater danger of nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis

The lesson of the Cuban Missile Crisis is that JFK saved us from nuclear war by exhibiting what might be called "strategic patience"

JFK asks his mother (after Cuban Missile Crisis) not to contact Nikita Khrushchev again without asking him first:

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JFK asks his mother (after Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962) not to contact Nikita Khrushchev again without consulting him first:

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Reports tonight that Russia is trying to tighten its grip on Venezuela. Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 have we had such an enemy presence in our own hemisphere. This CANNOT and will not be allowed. #Putin  and #Maduro , you’re both on notice. #TrishRegan 

JFK asks his Mother (after Cuban Missile Crisis) not to contact Nikita Khrushchev again without asking him first:

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JFK asks his mother (after Cuban Missile Crisis) not to contact Nikita Khrushchev again without asking him first:

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