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Dec 23

1961 Goldsboro NC Nuclear Bomb Accident

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Jenny Levins

Growing up I can remember the adults around me talking about nuclear war. Even children could tell how serious it was by the looks on their parents’ faces and the sound of fear in their voices. We were in the middle of the cold war with the Soviet Union then and the threat of a nuclear war was very real. It was democracy versus communism with the world’s two big superpowers trying to stare each other down. Fortunately, both sides feared the consequences of using the “doomsday bomb” so much that nuclear war never broke out. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis or when opposing nuclear subs accidentally bumped into each other no one dared reach for the button.

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