At the height of the Cold War, the US almost nuked ... itself

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Tom Kutsch

New York, NY

#1 Sep 21, 2013
At the height of the Cold War, the US almost nuked ... itself
by Tom Kutsch
September 20, 2013 | 5:08PM ET

A newly declassified document shows how close the US came to an inadvertent nuclear detonation in 1961

The U.S. Air Force came perilously close to leveling a large part of North Carolina in a 1961 nuclear mishap, with a single toggle switch stopping an accidentally dropped bomb from detonating, newly declassified documents show.

A document published for the first time by the Guardian newspaper Friday details how narrowly the state escaped becoming ground zero for the inadvertent explosion after an H-bomb fell from the midair wreckage of a disintegrating bomber.

The accident happened on Jan. 25, 1961 -- mere days after the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, who as president had his own more publicized brush with the reality of nuclear detonation a year later during the flashpoint with the Soviet Union that was the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Stars and Bars Forever

Berkeley, CA

#2 Sep 21, 2013
Goddamn Northern Parasites always trying to find news ways to destroy the South.

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