1960 Election of Kennedy Vs. Nixon

The televised debates of 1960 went a long way in deciding the result. (Nationalgeographic)

President John F. Kennedy persists as one of the most famous Commander in Chiefs in American history. While his historical immortality derives in part from his tragic assassination and infamous foibles, the 35th President of the United States also deftly guided the country through one of the most fraught and perilous impasses in human history: the Cold War.

The incredibly tight 1960 election between JFK and Richard Nixon decided which man would guide the country through a nuclear standoff with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Judging by how Nixon ran the White House a few years later, we can safely say America made the right choice. Here’s how the ‘60 election potentially averted nuclear fallout.