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Forty years ago today, a U.S. spy plane's surveillance tape showed evidence that the Soviet Union was constructing nuclear missile silos on Cuba, 90 miles from the U.S. mainland. The incident led to a tense stand-off between the U.S. and Russia that is often cited as the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. Surviving U.S., Russian and Cuban veterans of the crisis met in Cuba this weekend to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis. NPR's Tom Gjelten was with them.

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