Cuban Missile Crisis

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5th hour history

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  • Cuba: 1956-1959
  • Cuban shores: USA vs USSR, October 24, 1962
  • I, Fidel Castro, join the Soviet Union for economical and military aid using my captured Cuba to spread communism. Your missiles will be secure and ready to fire from here.
  • President John F. Kennedy, October 16, 1962
  • The Soviets have gotten too close... even with our missiles in Turkey, it's mutually assured destruction. I assume neither of us want nuclear war... I just have to find a way to solve this with diplomacy before all hope is lost.
  • Public announcement of missiles found on Cuba: October 22, 1962
  • Red: Soviet missile location Blue: American missile location.
  • "We have just received a photo from a U-2 spy plane that shows Soviet ballistic missiles being kept on Cuba. Does this mean nuclear war with Russia?!"
  • When diplomacy failed, JFK ordered a navy blockade to surround Cuba and keep the Soviets from receiving supplies. This is where JFK delivers his ultimatum and Soviet ships standoff: remove the missiles or face war.
  • Seeing as neither country wants nuclear war: following this agreement, the USSR will remove their missiles from Cuba, and the USA will remove their missiles from Turkey in several months.
  • THE LAW SETTLEMENT
  • The standoff at sea led to an agreement; October 27, 1962
  • October 28, 1962, the Soviets removed their missiles from Cuba and a message to their ambassador explained that the US would remove theirs in Turkey in 6 months. That may have been the end of the Cuban missile crisis but the Cold War was far from over.
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