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Amazing early Air Defense control computer from the Cold War

Amazing early Air Defense control computer from the Cold War

Mary Kenneth Keller was an American Roman Catholic religious sister, educator and pioneer in computer science.  On June 7, 1965 she, along with Irving Tang at Washington University, became the first people in the United States to earn a doctorate in that field.

“On Sister Mary Kenneth Keller First Female Computer Science PhD”

Us-Soviet Hotline  Pentagon's James O'Beirne (L) & Benjamin Randall sending test document on Wash-Moscow Direct Communications Link (DCL), aka Hotline. (IBM computers) equip., facsimile capability to existing teletype system. (LIFE, 1985)

Us-Soviet Hotline Pentagon's James O'Beirne (L) & Benjamin Randall sending test document on Wash-Moscow Direct Communications Link (DCL), aka Hotline., facsimile capability to existing teletype system.

A nuclear land mine is an example of overkill.

Medium Atomic Demolition Munition (MADM), a to nuclear land mine. The entire unit (including warhead) weighed less than 400 pounds.

The Soviet Union secretly planned to leave 100 nuclear weapons on Cuba after the end of the crisis but were so scared by Fidel Castro's instability that they made up a law to retrieve them.

Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union planed to leave 100 nuclear weapons on Cuba

The Soviet Union secretly planned to leave 100 nuclear weapons on Cuba after the end of the crisis but were so scared by Fidel Castro's instability that they made up a law to retrieve them.

The President John F. Kennedy Atomic Bomb Shelter & Command Post "Kennedy Bunker" - Built in december of 1961 to house President Kennedy in case of nuclear attack while in residence in Palm Beach. (Peanut Island, Florida)

The President John F. Kennedy Atomic Bomb Shelter & Command Post "Kennedy Bunker" - Built in december of 1961 to house President Kennedy in case of nuclear attack while in residence in Palm Beach.

NORA command post, c. 1982. (Source: US National Archives)

NORA command post, c. 1982. (Source: US National Archives)