The Cuban Missile Crisis By amk100 Jan 1, 1959 Fidel Castro assumes power after the Cuban Revolution Dec 19, 1960 Cuba alignment with the Soviet Union. Cuba openly aligns itself with the Soviet Union and their policies. Jan 3, 1961 The U.S. terminates diplomatic relations Apr 17, 1961 "The Bay of Pigs" A group of Cuban exiles, backed by the US, invades Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in a failed attempt to trigger an anti-Castro rebellion. Jun 3, 1961 Summit Talks Khrushchev and Kennedy hold summit talks in Vienna regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis Aug 31, 1962 Evidence of Soviet missile installations in Cuba Senator Kenneth Keating tells the Senate that there is evidence of Soviet missile installations in Cuba. Sep 1, 1962 Soviet's began building ballistic missiles in Cuba Sep 11, 1962 Soviet Warning To US Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, warns that an American attack on Cuba could mean war with the Soviet Union Oct 14, 1962 US spy plane discovered the Soviet's missiles in Cuba Oct 14, 1962 U-2 obtains photographs of missile sites A U-2 flying over western Cuba obtains photographs of missile sites Oct 22, 1962 US puts a naval blockade on Cuba Oct 25, 1962 JFK Sends Letter To Khrushchev JFK sends a letter to Khrushchev placing the responsibility for the crisis on the Soviet Union Oct 26, 1962 Krushchev Sends Letter To Kennedy Khrushchev sends a letter to President Kennedy proposing to remove his missiles if Kennedy publicly announces never to invade Cuba Oct 28, 1962 Soviet's agree to dismantle and stop building missiles in Cuba Oct 28, 1962 End Of Missile Crisis Khrushchev announces over Radio Moscow that he has agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba. The US agrees to the withdrawal of US nuclear missiles from Turkey.