The Bomb

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Clip | 5m 21s

See how a power play by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev backfired, sparking a dangerous confrontation with the U.S. — the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over fifty years later, we still don’t know everything about what happened; many Soviet records are still secret. But this much is clear: October 1962 was the closest the world has ever come to thermonuclear war.

Aired: 07/28/15

Rating: TV-PG

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