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    Cuban Missile Crisis

    In October 1962, an American U2 spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba. Because he did not want Cuba and the Soviet Union to know that he had discovered the missiles, Kennedy met in secret with his advisors for several days to discuss the problem. After many long and difficult ...

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    The JFK White House Tape Recordings

    The records of the Kennedy administration, including 248 hours of meeting tapes and 12 hours of telephone dictabelts, were moved to the National Archives in Washington and later transferred to the Federal Records Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Finally, in 1976, the tapes were legally deeded to the Kennedy Library and the National Archives. Many ...

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    President Kennedy Using Binoculars to View a Missile Firing at White Sands Missile Range
    5 June 1963

    Accession Number: PX65-108:SC 603950 Description: (Original U. S. Army Signal Corps caption) NEW MEXICO Using binoculars, President John F. Kennedy watches a missile firing at at Launch Site II during his visit to White Sands Missile Range. Please Credit: Photograph by I. C. Rapoport, U. S. Army Signal Corps. John ...

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    New JFK Tape Offers Window on the Drafting of Presidential Statements During National Security Crises (October 24, 2001)
    0/24/2001

    Boston, MA:   On what marks the 39th anniversary of the imposition of a U.S. naval quarantine of Cuba in response to the Soviet Union’s introduction of nuclear missiles on the island, the John F. Kennedy Library today released a White House tape recording of the deliberations surrounding President Kennedy’s decision to lift that qu...

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    50th Anniversary: The Missile Gap Controversy

    In September 1961, President Kennedy was officially notified by the CIA that the United States had surpassed the Soviet Union in missiles, dispelling the notion of Soviet superiority in the arms race. Join historians Timothy Naftali, Fred Kaplan and John Prados for a discussion of this pivotal moment in world history. Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor ...

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President Kennedy Using Binoculars to View a Missile Firing at White Sands Missile Range

PX65-108:SC603950 (crop): President Kennedy Using Binoculars to View a Missile Firing at White Sands Missile Range, 5 June 1963

Accession Number: PX65-108:SC 603950 Description: (Original U. S. Ar...