Watch a 1962 Newsreel Reporting the Cuban Missile Crisis in Progress

More

"50 years ago this week, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war," Sara Lipk writes, looking back at The Atlantic's coverage of the crisis; "On October 14, 1962, a U.S. reconnaissance mission discovered medium-range ballistic missile sites in Cuba. The 13 days of brinkmanship that followed have been called the most dangerous episode in recorded history." Dated October 25, 1962, the archival Universal Studios newsreel below reveals the tense sequence of events that unfolded. Courtesy of the Internet Archive, the six-minute clip covers Adlai Stevenson speaking at the U.N., the military mobilization of both sides, and the cameras that discovered Cuban missile sites from the air. The dramatic music and voiceover are fitting, given that the segment was screened in movie theaters as a part of Universal Studios' bi-weekly news series

For more videos from the Internet Archive, visit http://archive.org/.

Jump to comments

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Fascinating Short Film About the Multiverse

If life is a series of infinite possibilities, what does it mean to be alive?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Video

Just In