The Soviets bring down a CIA U-2 spy plane on May 1, 1960, intensifying the Cold War. Captured in Russia, pilot Francis Gary Powers is interrogated for more than a hundred days and imprisoned for nearly two years.
For baby boomers who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines - about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin's America-bashing speech - bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn't remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don't miss about the first one:
In 1961, a Washington lawyer named Steuart Pittman was tapped by President John F. Kennedy's administration for a singularly unpleasant job: getting Americans to prepare for a nuclear Armageddon.
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