The Cuban Missile Crisis

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  • On October 14, 1962, The Soviet Union put mid-range ballistic missiles in Cuba to be able to attack the United States, in case the Americans ever attacked Soviets.
  • In October,1962, photographs taken by american planes reveled soviet missile bases in Cuba. The Pentagon was furious they did not know that the Soviet Union had placed missiles in Cuba, for it indicated that the communist presence in the Western Hemisphere was expanding.
  • President John F. Kennedy puts a quarantine and naval embargo on Cuba. The naval embargo on Cuba, quarantined them from future Soviet intentions.
  • The United States and the Soviet Union (with Cuba) begin a stalemate in the Gulf of Mexico. The United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet surrounded Cuba and prevented all trade from entering and leaving Cuba, isolating it completely from the rest of the world.
  • Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the missile bases in response to Kennedy's promise not to Invade Cuba. President John F. Kennedy decided also to withdraw American missiles from Turkey, privately in secret 3 month latter, if the Soviet Union agreed to remove their missiles from Cuba.
  • The Soviet Union withdraws its nuclear-tipped missiles from Cuba on October 28, 1962. The Soviet Union agreed to this agreement, The damage was done though, as Americans had never felt so vulnerable and so sure of nuclear death.
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