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Cuban Missile Crisis - Offline IV.21.1

On October 15, 1962, the Soviet Union was discovered attempting to install nuclear missiles in Cuba. These missiles would have been capable of quickly reaching the United States. President Kennedy responded with a naval blockade. After several days of increasing tensions, the Soviet Union finally agreed to remove the missiles.

In the spring of 1963 the U.S. quietly removed the missiles from Turkey, that equally threatened the Soviet Union. This crisis is regarded as the closest the world has come to a nuclear exchange.

Kennedy's Address on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba - October 22, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Letter from Khrushchev to Kennedy October 24, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Letter from Khrushchev to Kennedy October 26, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Dobrynin's Cable to the Soviet Foreign Ministry - October 27, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Letter from Kennedy to Khrushchev October 27, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Letter from Kennedy to Khrushchev October 28, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format
Letter from Khrushchev to Kennedy October 28, 1962 Rich Text Version Portable Document Format

This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet military buildup on the island of Cuba. Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere.

~John F. Kennedy

I found myself in the difficult position of having to decide on a course of action which would answer the American threat but which would also avoid war. Any fool can start a war, and once he's done so, even the wisest of men are helpless to stop it - especially if it's a nuclear war.

~Nikita Khrushchev's published memoirs, 1970

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