New Exhibit Gives Inside Look At Cuban Missile Crisis

Armwrestling Kennedy Cuban Missile Crisis

With the increased tension in the world due to the possible nuclear weapons that Iran may be suspected of having, comes along an exhibit in Washington at the National Archives, dedicated to the period where nuclear warfare was imminent. The exhibit is called “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, which is the first ever public showcase of Kennedy speaking about the matter to his staff.

To give you a little background, fifty years ago,ย Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered a secret deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba. U.S. spy planes got pictures of this and boy, were we in for it. Kennedy sent submarines and naval ships to create a blockade against Cuba in case anything popped off. These missiles could have hit Cape Canaveral, Washington, and Dallas and other cities in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, they ended the beef and we were all saved by a strand of hair.ย This exhibit showcases conversations between Kennedy and his staff in the Oval Office and the Cabinet talking about national security. There are even declassified documents that show the measures Kennedy took in order to prepare if a nuclear attack did happen.


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