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Extra History: Season 42

Cuban Missile Crisis 2018

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  • 2018-02-15T16:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 10 mins
  • 30 mins (3 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Documentary, History
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The build-up to and resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis by US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

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3 episodes

42x01 Cuban Missile Crisis - The Failed Checkmate

  • Season Premiere

    2018-02-15T16:00:00Z — 10 mins

An eye for an eye, a missile for a missile--that's how the saying goes, right? So thought the Soviet Union and the United States in the early fall of 1962, kicking off a 13-day staring contest that scared the world.

After President Kennedy's television address, tensions are rising. Fidel Castro is getting annoyed at the US and Soviet Union alike, and everyone else has their own ideas on what retaliation looks like.

With simultaneous nuclear tests by both the US and Russia, and tense miscommunications among troops on the ground, in the air, and on the water, the doomsday clock ticked to 11:59 PM for one fateful day.

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