On October 28, 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis—a nearly two-week standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union over the USSR’s plans to install short-range nuclear missiles on Cuba—mercifully came to an end. It’s the closest that the world’s come to nuclear war since the advent of those weapons.
Elsewhere in October 28s from the past? The first ever ticker-tape parade in New York City after President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
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