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The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Story

The nuclear crisis reaches its peak when it's reported that missiles are poised to hit targets in North America from a launching pad in Cuba. Canadian politicians speak out about the imminent crisis and the desire for peace.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 23, 1962
Guest(s): John Diefenbaker, Herbert Herridge, Lester B. Pearson, Robert Thompson
Announcer: Rex Loring
Interviewer: Douglas Leiterman
Duration: 3:41

Did You know?

• On October 27, tensions eased when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to take down the USSR missiles in Cuba.

• Prime Minister John Diefenbaker hesitated when asked by President Kennedy to put the Canadian forces on high-alert status. Diefenbaker finally relented, but many perceived him to be indecisive and relations with Kennedy were accordingly strained.


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