How Close Did the USSR and USA Come to Nuclear War? | The Cuban Missile Crisis Explained

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October 1962, a single photograph threatens to ignite the strained foreign relationship between superpowers, the USA and the USSR. The shot, taken by an American spy-plane flying over Cuba, captures the construction of missile launch pads, alongside crates that resembled the parts for the Soviet medium-range ballistic missiles. The USSR had broken the unspoken agreement to not directly involve nuclear weapons, and now suddenly they were aimed at American shores. If these missiles were fired, then America would retaliate and sink the world into mutually assured destruction in a matter of hours.

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