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John F. Kennedy and the Welsh Terrier Charlie

At the height of 1962’s Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy had his daughter’s Welsh terrier Charlie summoned to the chaotic War Room. The president held the terrier in his lap, petting him and appearing, by all accounts, to relax. Eventually he announced that he was ready to “make some decisions” — those that de-escalated the conflict.

Laika was the first dog sent into space, but Strelka (Little Arrow) and Belka (Squirrel) — launched on Sputnik 5 in 1960 for a one-day mission — were the first to return alive. As a result, much more was learned from their mission. Strelka later gave birth to a litter of puppies, one of which, Pushinka, was given to President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.

From CNN

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June 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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