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Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

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Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente Statistics

By the Numbers

Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1959: 15,468
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1960: 20,434
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1961: 24,156
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1962: 27,305
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1963: 29,049
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1964: 30,400
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1965: 31,265
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1966: 31,323
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1967: 30,516
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1968: 28,507
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1969: 26,533
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1970: 25,742
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1971: 25,988
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1972: 26,919
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1973: 27,958
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1974: 27,793
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1975: 26,675
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1976: 25,579
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1977: 24,722
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1978: 23,866
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1979: 23,730
Number of warheads in the American nuclear arsenal in 1980: 23,387

American aid to Israel in 1970: $71 million
American aid to Israel in 1973: $467 million
American aid to Israel in 1974: $2.6 billion

From 1964 to 1970, US defense spending never fell below 40% of the total federal budget.
From 1970 to 1980, US defense spending steadily decreased as a portion of the federal budget from 40% to 23%.

In 1974, during the OPEC oil embargo, oil prices in the US increased by 400%.

On 30 October 1961, a Russian bomber dropped the Tsar Bomb, the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated. The Tsar Bomb's force was equal to 50 million tons of TNT, making it thousands of times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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