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oct 16, 1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Soviets have secretly been installing military bases, including nuclear weapons, on Cuba, some 90 miles from the US mainland. Kennedy orders a "quarantine" (a naval blockade) of the island that intensifies the crisis and brings the US and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war. In the end, both sides reach a compromise. The Soviets back down and agree to withdraw their nuclear missiles from Cuba, in exchange for a secret agreement by Kennedy pledging to withdraw similar American missiles from Turkey, and guaranteeing that the US will not move against the Castro regime.

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Y10 Elective Cold War Museum Assessment 2
Y10 Elective Cold War Museum Assessment

Date:

oct 16, 1962
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~ 58 years ago
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