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John F Kennedy- The 35th President of the United States 1961-1963 A US representative 1947-1953 and senator 1953-1960 from Massachusetts he became the youngest man elected to the presidency 1960 Kennedy approved the failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs 1961 and forced Khrushchev to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba 1962 He also established the Peace Corps 1961 and advocated civil rights reform Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas on November 22 1963 Flexible response- Nuclear strategy implemented by John F Kennedy in 1961 to supersede previous policy of Massive Retaliation Flexible Response was implemented to develop several options other than the nuclear option for quickly dealing with enemy aggression The strategy sought to target an enemys military force first not its civilian population Fidel Castro- Cuban revolutionary leader who overthrew the corrupt regime of the dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and soon after established a Communist state He was prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and has been president of the government and First Secretary of the Communist Party since 1976 Berlin Wall- 1961-89 a barrier first erected in Aug 1961 by the East German government along the border between East and West Berlin and later extended along the entire border between East Germany and West Germany It was built to halt large numbers of defections and to prevent E Berliners commuting to the West Erected at a time of growing tension between East and West the barbed wire was eventually replaced by concrete topped with wire In 1989 after hundreds of thousands of East Germans had fled westward via Hungary and Czechoslovakia on Nov 9 the beleaguered East German regime lifted travel restrictions and days later dismantling of the wall began Built to keep people in the wall was dismantled in a failed gamble by the Communists to keep power By Jan 1990 the regime was selling large slabs of the wall for hard currency and had set December for its
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