Fifty years ago, the U.S. and the Soviet Union headed toward the brink of a nuclear nightmare over Russian missiles being placed in Cuba that faced north toward the United States.
50 years ago, Baltimore and other U.S. cities feared missile strike
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
October 18, 2012
In an era when communism and the nuclear arms race were considered palpable and real threats, schoolchildren throughout the country were instructed about what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.
But the fear that such a nightmare might happen became chillingly real 50 Octobers ago, when Baltimoreans as well as the rest of the world had real reason to fear a nuclear war. The U.S. and Russia careened toward the brink of such a calamity over Soviet missiles being placed in Cuba pointed north toward the U.S. mainland.