October 06, 1961 : Kennedy urges Americans to build bomb shelters

Introduction

President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Kennedy also assured the public that the U.S. civil defense program would soon begin providing such protection for every American. Only one year later, true to Kennedy’s fears, the world hovered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters.

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October 06, 1961 : Kennedy urges Americans to build bomb shelters

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

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    October 06, 1961 : Kennedy urges Americans to build bomb shelters

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-urges-americans-to-build-bomb-shelters

  • Access Date

    November 23, 2017

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