Day 13, Final Day of 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Day 13, the final day of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.  US Attorney General Robert Kennedy, the President’s brother, personally delivered the President’s letter to the Russian ambassador in Washington.  The formal agreement was to refrain from attacking or invading Cuba, and the US nuclear weapons in Turkey were quietly dismantled in the following months.  In response, the Russians began dismantling and packing up their nuclear weapons to return home.  The crisis was finally resolved on October 28, 1962.  Both the Russians and the Americans were shaken by the experience, and the following year, a direct “hot line” communication link was installed between Washington and Moscow to help defuse similar situations.  For a detailed day-by-day account of the crisis from the American perspective, please visit www. JFKLibrary.org.   (Image of an amiable meeting between Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev and US President John F. Kennedy.)

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