This Boston Event runs throughout 2014 and is sure to be one of the top Events in Boston to take place during the year. It was a close call in human history – perhaps the closest. For 2 weeks during October 1962, the world was on the edge of thermonuclear war and the end of civilization as we know it.
What to do in Boston? Choose The Boston Park Plaza Hotel - A Luxury Boston Hotel located close to Boston Common Park, Boston's Freedom Trail, Boston Shopping, and Events in Boston. Earlier that fall, under orders from Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union secretly began to deploy a nuclear strike force in Cuba, just 90 miles from the Unites States.
The missiles could have easily reached most major U.S. cities in less than 5 minutes. President John F. Kennedy said that the missiles would not be tolerated and insisted on their removal. Khrushchev refused and the standoff nearly caused an exchange of nuclear force that is remembered in this country as if it was yesterday.
President Kennedy addressed the nation, as follows: “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.” For 13 days, the fate of the world hung in a delicate balance.
The President’s response was remarkably restrained, even though he had shown tough, anti-communist rhetoric in the past. To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis examines the unimaginable pressure that Kennedy must have felt as the Soviets raced to complete construction of the missile sites. The exhibit looks back at the crisis from the 50-year-mark, and draws upon mainly U.S. sources to present a U.S. viewpoint. Pieces from the story that may have been unknown or fuzzy now come to light and brighter detail, thanks to time.
Some details that are now clear may one day blur as years pass by. JFK recorded the White House meetings that were held in order to deal with the crisis. These little-known excerpts, from the 43 hours of secret recordings related to the Cuban Missile Crisis, are presented in the gallery as the centerpiece of the exhibit.
When you attend this Boston Event, you’ll be able to examine original documents, artifacts, and photographs from the National Archives and the Kennedy Library, which compliment the tapes in a dramatic presentation that Boston visitors and residents can explore in great detail. Wondering
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