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This Happened

This Happened — October 22: Cuban Missile Crisis

U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that American reconnaissance planes discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, marking the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis on this day in 1962.

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What did President Kennedy reveal in his televised address?

In his address, President Kennedy revealed that American reconnaissance planes had discovered evidence of Soviet nuclear missile installations in Cuba. He also announced that he had ordered a naval "quarantine" of Cuba to prevent further Soviet shipments of military equipment to the island.

What was the significance of the discovery of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba?

The discovery of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba was extremely significant because it brought the threat of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union to the forefront. The missiles in Cuba could potentially reach major U.S. cities, dramatically escalating the Cold War.

Why did the United States impose a naval "quarantine" on Cuba?

President Kennedy imposed a naval "quarantine" (a term used to avoid the word "blockade," which carries more significant legal implications) to prevent further Soviet shipments of military equipment, including nuclear missiles, to Cuba. This was seen as a response to the provocative actions of the Soviet Union.

What was the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended peacefully when the United States and the Soviet Union reached an agreement. The Soviets agreed to remove their nuclear missiles from Cuba, and the United States agreed not to invade Cuba. Additionally, the United States secretly agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from Turkey.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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