Newfoundland Missile Crisis – 1962
Following the defeat of Nazi German, Russia had emerged as the supreme world power. The C.S.A.’s development of the Atomic Bomb insured that Russia wouldn’t be racing across the Bering Strait any time soon. But the C.S.A. was definitely being eyed by Stalin.
Many summits between the two countries had failed, mainly because of Stalin’s wanton waste of human life, and the Godless Communists regime he controlled.
Times were tense as both sides continued developing atomic weapons. As talks broke down, and both sides began to proliferate their weapons, a “Cold War” began. Both sides would square off in various skirmishes around the world, while never squaring off head on. Still, the threat of Nuclear War was on everyone’s minds during this era.
The Cold War came to a head on October 14, 1962. A U2 spy plane flying over Canada had spotted what looked like medium ranged ballistic missiles stationed on the island of Newfoundland. President Kennedy immediately began talks with Kruschev, the Russian premier. Russia had made a treaty with Canada to place 30 missiles on Newfoundland. Canada was insecure during the turbulent times, and feared the C.S.A. might look to the North to expand. They approached Russia, who was only all to eager to place warheads within spitting distance of their main adversary.
To his credit, Kennedy’s diplomacy worked, and after 13 days the warheads were removed and shipped back to Russia, letting all of America breathe a little easier.