This Day in History: Cuban Missile Crisis

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This Day in History:
Cuban Missile Crisis October 22, 1962 In a grave televised speech,
President John F. Kennedy
announced that U.S. spy planes
had discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites housed
medium-range missiles
capable of striking a number
of major U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C. Kennedy
announced that
he was ordering a
naval “quarantine” of Cuba. Its purpose was to prevent
Soviet ships from transporting
any more offensive weapons to the island. Kennedy threatened the
use of military action to
end a “clandestine, reckless,
and provocative threat to world peace.” During the next six days,
the world was on the brink
of nuclear war between
the two superpowers.