44 Years Ago In Time

The nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea have put the world on edge. In 1961, Soviet leader NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV appeared to pose an even graver threat.

Moscow's millions knew something was afoot even as they dressed for work one morning last week. The radio was droning out the full text of a long government communiqué ... Slowly, as the high-charge prose unwound, the reason for all the excitement began to dawn on the Muscovites: the Kremlin had decided to start testing its nuclear weapons again. Just 49 hours later, a brilliant flash lit the bleak plains of Central Asia, and...

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