The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later
Date: Thursday, October 17 @ 17:14:03 UTC
Oct. 11-13, 2002 -- The world's closest brush with nuclear war came 40 years ago this month, when the U.S. government learned the Soviet Union was preparing to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. For 13 days, President John F. Kennedy and his administration stared down their counterparts in Moscow, and the world braced for a holocaust.
Some of the people who played key roles in the missile crisis are meeting in Havana, Cuba over the weekend to reflect on the experience and its relevance today. The Bush Administration has said Kennedy's handling of the missile crisis was an example of the effectiveness of pre-emptive action - the kind it may soon take against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. More from: npr.org