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  •  The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Assassination (7+ / 0-)

    I was in high school during the Kennedy Years. One day in October of 1962, my dad came home from his job at the Veteran's Administration with a very worried look. He said something really big was going on and it wasn't good. The next day President Kennedy announced the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

    I never saw my high school cafeteria so quiet during those days when the world was on the brink of World War III. We lived in the metro D.C. area and we knew we were a target.

    On November 22, 1963 I was sitting in my French II class when a garbled message came over the PA system that the President had been shot. Shortly afterwards, we got the terrible news that he had died in a Dallas hospital. People were crying or just looking numb as they dismissed us from school and we went home to see the horror on TV.

    Both Soviet leader Krushchev and President Kennedy had been badly shaken by the Missiles of October and both were eager to negotiate some kind of peace between our two nations. Then Kennedy was killed and Krushchev was deposed shortly afterward.

    The world was not a safer place as a result.

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 09:43:55 AM PST

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