Friday, July 3, 2015

Cuban Missile Crisis

  • October 22, 1962
    In a televised speech, US President John F. Kennedy announces that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba which would house medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the US, marking start of Cuban Missile Crisis
  • October 23, 1962
    US navy ships begin a blockade of Cuba, to prevent Soviet ships from bringing in supplies to complete building missile bases
  • October 27, 1962
    Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev publicly calls for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey, which was accepted by US President Kennedy at a later date
  • October 28, 1962
    Nikita Khrushchev announces his government's intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba
  • August 30, 1963
    Hot Line communications link between Washington DC and Moscow begins in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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