Oct. 22, 1962. It was a cool, dry night in Washington DC ... an ordinary autumn evening ...  when US President John Kennedy took to the airwaves for a national televised address.

The Cuban missile crisis was already seven days old by then, but it wasn't until the U.S. President began his speech that the world learned how close it was to nuclear war.

Soviet nuclear weapons were already in Cuba, and more were on the way.

President Kennedy's military advisers were pushing hard for an immediate military strike, He ordered a military blockade of Cuba instead. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev said the...

* * *
The opinions expressed in this article/multimedia are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of CIGI or its Board of Directors.