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Historian Alan Brinkley on President John F. Kennedy's legacy

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President John F. Kennedy signs the order of naval blockade of Cuba on Oct. 24, 1962, at the White House during the Cuban missile crisis. On Oct. 22, 1962, Kennedy informed the American people of the presence of missile sites in Cuba. Tensions mounted, and the world wondered if there could be a peaceful resolution to the crisis, until Nov. 20, 1962, when Russian bombers left Cuba and Kennedy lifted the naval blockade.
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