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News Report on the Cuban Missile Crisis | October 25, 1962


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Ham Radio History 0 Comments 02/51/2022 


Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 02/51/2022
Here's a Universal Newsreel report during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Footage include segments of Adlai Stevenson's address to the United Nations and military preparations in Cuba


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