Day 1 of 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Day 1 of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The US CIA had invaded Cuba in 1961, in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government.  The following year, the Russian government, which was an ally of the Cubans, decided to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter further US invasions.  The fact that the US had placed nuclear missiles in Turkey within firing range of Russia was another rather important incentive.  A US spy plane flying over Cuba photographed the Russian missile placement, and President John F. Kennedy was briefed on this activity on October 16, 1962.  This started the diplomatic battle and potential nuclear catastrophe that became known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.”  Please keep reading for day-by-day updates on the crisis through its resolution on October 28, 1962.

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