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On This Day… The Missile Crisis

Written by: George Chittenden : 09 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 22nd Oct, back in 1962 when President John F Kennedy delivered a speech to the American people informing them that spy planes had discovered Soviet Missile bases in Cuba, and that these missile bases when complete would be able to launch missiles capable of striking a number of US cities.

Kennedy told the people that America could not allow these missile bases to be finished and would pursue any action necessary including military action to protect the nation, and that the first stage was to place a naval quarantine on the waters around Cuba. This is known in history as the " Cuban Missile Crisis " and took the world to the brink of nuclear war with US forces going to DEFCON 3 in preparation for full scale war on this day, Oct 22nd, 1962.

America realized that the missile launchers construction was continuing and decided that a full-scale invasion of Cuba would be needed to stop the missile bases being completed. The Soviets then transmitted a proposal that all missile bases in Cuba would be dismantled in exchange for the United States not invading Cuba and dismantling America’s missile bases in Turkey.

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