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Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis(10 Photos)
In October 1962, Cold War tensions erupted when the United States and Soviet Union faced off during the Cuban Missile Crisis, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Communist Leaders(12 Photos)
During the 20th century, the worldwide spread of communism took many different forms under the direction of each country's leadership.
Cold War: American Leaders
Cold War: American Leaders(13 Photos)
From 1945 until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, U.S. presidents and politicians developed strategies to limit the spread of communism.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy(20 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile CrisisVideo Clip (2:22)
Video Clip (2:22)
Get the story of the dramatic face-off that nearly ended in nuclear war, as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
Cold WarVideo Clip (2:31)
Video Clip (2:31)
The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.
Castro and the Cuban Revolution
Castro and the Cuban RevolutionVideo Clip (3:39)
Video Clip (3:39)
In 1950s Cuba, government corruption led to Fidel Castro's violent rise to power.
History Rocks: Castro Must Die
History Rocks: Castro Must DieVideo Clip (4:25)
Video Clip (4:25)
This History Rocks video overviews some of the 638 attempts to assassinate Castro. Tune in to hear about poison pens, poison cigars, and exploding sea shells. Most of the Fidel Castro assassination attempts occurred during the Reagan administration.
Bay of Pigs Invasion No Secret
Bay of Pigs Invasion No SecretVideo Clip (2:07)
Video Clip (2:07)
CIA and a Cuban brigade planned an invasion on Cuba, but the plan quickly unravelled.
Castro Urges Nuclear Attack on America
Castro Urges Nuclear Attack on AmericaVideo Clip (1:56)
Video Clip (1:56)
During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, America and the Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war. Fidel Castro urged the Soviets to attack first.
Russia Withdraws Cuban Missiles
Russia Withdraws Cuban MissilesVideo Clip (0:56)
Video Clip (0:56)
Footage from sea of the conclusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Mondale and the Cuban Cigars
Mondale and the Cuban CigarsVideo Clip (1:42)
Video Clip (1:42)
Joe Trippi, aide to Walter Mondale's 1984 Campaign, tells the story of the outrageous adventure two campaign staffers made to gift Mondale a box of Cuban Cigars.
The CIA Plot to Kill Castro
The CIA Plot to Kill CastroVideo Clip (1:37)
Video Clip (1:37)
Hoping to eliminate Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the CIA put together an assassination strategy that centered around a unique weapon.
Bay of Pigs: CIA's 'Perfect Failure'
Bay of Pigs: CIA's 'Perfect Failure'Video Clip (1:41)
Video Clip (1:41)
Within the CIA, the Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 was regarded as the "perfect failure."
Speeches & Audio (3)
Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion Revealed
Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion RevealedAudio Clip (1:10)
Audio Clip (1:10)
In April 1961, at an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Cuban Ambassador Carlos Lechuga delivers a stinging denunciation of the U.S. government, which initially denied involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Kennedy on the Buildup of Arms in Cuba
Kennedy on the Buildup of Arms in CubaAudio Clip (7:35)
Audio Clip (7:35)
On October 22, 1962, in a national statement, President John F. Kennedy discloses that U.S. spy planes discovered the placement of Soviet offensive missiles in Cuba.
Carter Pledges to Admit Cuban Refugees
Carter Pledges to Admit Cuban RefugeesAudio Clip (0:26)
Audio Clip (0:26)
In April 1980, for the first time in seven years, Cuban leader Fidel Castro authorized emigration out of Cuba by the country's citizens. In an address to the nation, President Carter emphasizes America's open-arms policy to political refugees.
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