One of the most famous stories of the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis, a 13-day stand off when the Soviet Union and the US almost pushed the nuclear buttons and ended life on earth. However, then-President John F. Kennedy was in the new protecting Santa Claus at the request of an 8-year old girl in Michigan. “Please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole,” said the young Michelle Rochon, of Maine City, Michigan. Young Michelle was concerned that that “Russians will kill Santa Claus” in letter, now on display at the White House.
This was one of the most interesting stories of the Cold War but the back story goes like this. This was the most dangerous period of US-Soviet relations and only two days after the letter was sent to JFK, the Soviets did drop a bomb near the North Pole that was 1,570 times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This Tsar Bomb shook windows in Finland and Norway and could be heard hundreds of miles in all directions.