ome of us will remember the date: October 14, 1962. It’s been 57 years since the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event which put the world on the brink of nuclear war. It happened in the middle of the Cold War, when school children were routinely taught to hide under their desks in the event of an attack. At that time, the U.S. discovered that the Soviet Union was deploying medium range ballistic missiles on Cuban soil. This would become the biggest test of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Seeing this as an obvious threat to national security, Kennedy’s advisors prepared several options to consider, including an invasion of Cuba. The President, however, feared that too aggressive a military response could trigger a military escalation from the Soviets, possibly starting a nuclear war. Kennedy put the U.S. military on “maximum alert” and weighed all of his options, knowing that delaying his decision meant that more Cuban missiles would become operational.