...in 1962, while President John F. Kennedy was in Seattle to attend the Century 21 World's Fair, it was necessary that he return to Washington to discuss plans of how to react to the Soviets building nuclear missile sites in Cuba. The press corps was told he had contracted an upper respiratory infection and was returning to Washington to rest. In fact, he was meeting with advisors, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, to decide whether to negotiate with the Soviets, bomb the missile sites or blockade the island of Cuba. He opted to set up a blockade, keeping the bombing of the island as a trump card. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy proceeded to play a series game of chicken, nuclear one-upmanship, and brought the world to the edge of destruction. The one to blink first would lose. The blockade began on October 21 and the next six days were very tense. The two leaders communicated by courier, telegram and, most unusually, in newspapers.