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The Cold War

Mikhail Baryshnikov: How A Ballet Dancer Became A Cold ...

January 27, 2021

Russian-born American ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov with hair and makeup crew during the American Ballet Theatre's production of 'Other Dances,' New York, N...

Vesna Vulovic: The Flight Attendant Who Fell 6 Miles An...

January 26, 2021

Vesna Vulovic, a flight attendant for JAT Yugoslav Airlines in 1972, set a Guinness world record when she fell some 33,000 feet and lived. Vulovic's odds-def...

Why did the US Boycott the 1980 Olympics?

January 20, 2021

Left: US President Jimmy Carter discusses the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, suggesting a US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Right: a scene from the closing ceremony in Mos...

The Day After' Was World War III TV That Scared Even Re...

November 20, 2020

In 1983, the TV movie The Day After brought a grim vision of nuclear holocaust into American living rooms when it aired on ABC. In the lead-up to the show, c...

'Daisy,' LBJ's Anti-Goldwater TV Ad That Ran Only Once ...

September 7, 2020

On September 7th, 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy" TV advertisement changed political campaigns forever. The ad, which presented Johnson as a peaceful lead...

'Shall We Play A Game?' How WarGames Made Us Afraid Of ...

August 20, 2020

The 1983 thriller WarGames, starring young Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, was not lighthearted teen fare -- in fact, the movie connected several threads ...

'Have You No Sense Of Decency?' When Joseph Welch Owned...

June 9, 2020

Joseph N. Welch, during the Army-McCarthy hearings. (Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) In 1954, Joseph Welch took on Senator ...

That Time A Drunk Richard Nixon Ordered A Nuclear Strik...

March 17, 2020

President Richard Nixon and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (not pictured) share a laugh during Nixon's visit to Egypt. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis v...

Christine Keeler, UK Scandal Girl Of The '60s: Young, H...

February 22, 2020

Christine Keeler arriving at the Old Bailey, London, 1963. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images) In the early '60s, Christine Keeler was...

Sidney Gottlieb, MKUltra And Brainwashing's Mystery Man

January 8, 2020

In the Cold War years, we didn't even know about it: MKUltra, directed by Sidney Gottlieb of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). MKUltra aggressively researc...

The CIA Would Use 'Love Dolls' As Decoys In The 1970s

September 6, 2019

In the thick of the Cold War, America's Central Intelligence Agency conscripted unfeeling, pneumatic specialists to foil the enemy: inflatable plastic or rubber l...

Gunter Schabowski: How One Man's Mistake Brought Down T...

September 4, 2019

Left: Gunter Schabowski at a press conference on November 9. 1989. Right: Citizens demolishing the Berli Wall. Sources: DPA/AFP/Getty Images; theimaginativecons...

The Fisher Protocol: Nutty Plan To Hide Launch Codes In...

July 29, 2019

Left: All hell breaks loose when the computer in 'Wargames' figures out the nuclear launch code. Right: Is this a valid deterrent? Sources: YouTube; Lepro/Getty...

Bobby Fischer, Cold War Chess Hero: His Rise And Eccent...

June 28, 2019

Left: Bobby Fischer in an undated photo. Right: Fischer poses for a portrait in the photographer's home in 1971 in New York City, New York. Credits: IMDB; David...

Dr. Strangelove Or: How Stanley Kubrick Invented Black ...

June 11, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's 1964 nuclear-war farce Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb has been called the first black comedy in film ...

1960s Fallout Shelters: Cramped Quarters For Nuclear Fa...

July 19, 2018

Left: The National Museum of American History's recreation of the interior of a fallout shelter. Right: Model Mary Lou Minor demonstrates a $1250 backyard unit ...

Public School Air Raid Drills: Do You Remember?

December 3, 2017

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram archi...

The Space Race: Did America Really Win?

November 29, 2016

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, during preparations for here flight on Vostok 6, USSR, June 16, 1963. (Photo by: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group via Ge...