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Thirteen Days That Shook the World - and Nearly Ended It

Written By: Eric Margolis  |  Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

                The black, sinister-looking Soviet SS-4 intermediate-range missile on display at Havana's La Cabana fortress looks old, roughly finished, and rather primitive.

            But this missile, and 41 others (including some longer-ranged SS-5's) terrified the United States during the October 1962 missile crisis - 13 days that shook the world. Each of them could have delivered a one megaton warhead onto America's East Coast cities, starting with Washington DC. One megaton is a city-buster.

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