The Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas becoming also, the youngest president to die.

Former First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet UnionNikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a Russian politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. Born: April 15, 1894, Kalinovka,RussiaDied: September 11, 1971, Moscow, Russia

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to agree to Cuba's request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of Cuba.These missile preparations were confirmed when an Air Force U-2 spy plane produced clear photographic evidence of medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missile


The United States established a military blockade to prevent further missiles from entering Cuba.After a long time of tense negotiations, an agreement was reached between Kennedy and Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for a U.S. public declaration and agreement never to invade Cuba without direct provocation.


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