On October 6, 1960, President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.Kennedy also assured the public that the U.S. civil defense program would soon begin providing such protection for every American. Only one year later, true to Kennedy’s fears, the world hovered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters.

I wrote about the Cuban Missile Crisis last year


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  1. Birgit says:

    My mom told me she and my dad were ready to jump in the car and drive way, way up north. It was a very tense time and I saw a documentary that we have a Russian hero to thank for stopping anything from escalating further. I believe he was on a Russian sub and he over-ruled the commander to push the button. The U.S. were on high alert in the same area. I don’t think we truly knew how close it really came