The Cuban Missile Crisis: Thirteen Days

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Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
Timeline Monday, October 15, 1962 The 15th was the first of thirteen days filled with tension and panic for president Kennedy and his select officials that he chose to help him resolve the crisis. On this day a U.S. aircraft acquired pictures of missiles located in Cuba.
Timeline Tuesday, October 16, 1962 Kennedy establishes EXCOM and his committee meets to discuss what the U.S.' actions should be.
Timeline Wednesday, October 17, 1962 The first of three missile sites is found in Cuba.
Timeline Thursday, October 18, 1962 Kennedy meets with Gromyko, the Soviet Foreign Minister. Although Kennedy addresses the issue of Cuba, he does not reveal their knowledge of the missiles. Gromyko denies that any missiles exist in Cuba. A hydrogen bomb test was performed by the U.S.
Timeline Friday, October 19, 1962 Military options are discussed.
Timeline Sunday, October 21, 1962 Kennedy makes a decision to implement a naval blockade on Cuba. The exchange of all offensive weapons is prohibited.
Timeline Monday, October 22, 1962 At 7:00 Kennedy addresses the American public, informing them about the crisis and his plans to implement a naval blockade.
Timeline Tuesday, October 23, 1962 The OAS supports the U.S.' decision to place a naval blockade on Cuba.
More photos reveal that the missiles are ready to be launched.
The OAS votes on diplomatic options.
Timeline Wednesday, October 24, 1962 Soviet ships reach the quarantine line. U.S. vessels come extremely close to firing at the vessels, but they turned away. Kennedy believes that if an air attack is executed, the Soviets will at least be able to launch a few missiles.
Timeline Thursday, October 25, 1962 At a U.N. meeting, Adlai Stevenson (U.S.) confronts the Soviets. They have no response when asked if the possess missiles in Cuba.
Timeline Friday, October 26, 1962 A message from Krushchev is received that says they will remove their missiles from Cuba if the U.S. guarantees that they will not attack Cuba.
The production of the missiles continues.
RFK discovers that the Soviets are willing to remove the missiles if the U.S. removes their missiles from Turkey. Castro presses Krushchev to launch a nuclear missile if the U.S. invade Cuba.
Timeline Saturday, October 27, 1962 After a U.S. aircraft is shot down, the Soviets demand that the U.S. not only make a public statement not to invade Cuba, but that they also remove their missiles in Turkey.
Timeline Sunday, October 28, 1962 The crisis is over and Krushchev announces that the missiles will be dismantled. Kennedy continues to enforce the quarantine for one more month.