Jump to content

This Day in History: Cuban Missile Crisis: the View from Havana

History Bot

Recommended Posts

I remember it, a couple weeks before my 12th birthday, walking home from elementary school and wondering if the end was near.

I'd get home and turn on our Black and White TV to see if President Kennedy was saying anything new.

Back in the 50's, we school kids had taken part in numerous citywide air raid drills where we went into the middle hallway, sat on the floor with our backs against the wall, and stuck our heads between our knees. The joke was we put our heads there so we could kiss our butts goodbye. But some kids got so scared, wondering if this was the real thing, that they peed themselves as the sirens wailed across the city.

So, by 1962, we knew full well how serious this was.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...