Cuban Missile Crisis

1962 news report on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1962A was an ABC timeline and a year in the 20th century. It was created when Emmett Brown, having regrets in agreeing to make a time machine for the U.S. Army to prevent the Cuban Missile Crisis from happening, sent a sent a letter through time, in his temporal field capacitor.

This letter warned Doc Brown about the deal with the army, so Doc allowed the temporal field capacitor to overheat. The Brown family mansion burned down, and the Army didn't contact Doc due to rumors that he was an insurance thief.


  • Doc's mansion burned down, and only the fireproof garage remains.
  • Doc obtained the extra money he needed for his time travel experiments through home insurance rather than by working on temporal research for the U.S. Army.

New Locations[]

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Alternate Timeline of Events[]

  • Wednesday, August 1: A letter warning Doc about the U.S. army seeking a time machine arrived from the future in the temporal field capacitor, which overheated and Doc's mansion burned down.
  • Wednesday, October 24: Upon seeing the charred remains of the mansion, Colonel Lomax and General Groves came and left, without ever talking to Doc, when Goldie Wilson informed them that most people in Hill Valley viewed him as an insurance thief.
  • Sunday, October 28: The Cuban Missile Crisis resolved itself, but Groves and Lomax were determined to find someone to build a time machine since the crisis nearly got out of hand.
  • Unknown dates:
    • Doc was awarded insurance money after the result of the investigation into the fire that burned down his family mansion was ruled inconclusive. He used the money to fund his experiments, including the improved temporal field generator Mk II.
    • Lomax and Groves went to another scientist, Marcus Irving, letting him believe that he was their first choice for the project. Irving agreed to the project and spent the next 24 years working on time travel.