Monday, September 23, 2013
Secret government report reveals when the United States nearly detonated a hydrogen bomb on itself
This was just three days after President John F Kennedy had made his inaugural address as President.
The radioactive fallout could have affected millions as it drifted over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York.
Two Mark 39 four-megaton hydrogen bombs were aboard a B-52 bomber which encountered difficulties shortly after taking off from the Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro.
The heavy, multi-engine jet went into a tail-spin and broke up in mid-air during a live Cold War deployment.