The Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    Cuban refugees, armed and trained by the United States, landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis Begins

    The Cuban Missile Crisis Begins
    In response to the Soviet Union building offensive missiles in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade of military equipment to the island.
  • Kennedy Makes Decision

    Kennedy Makes Decision
    historychannel.comKennedy secretly announced an emergency meeting to discuss the development. The group was known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision.
  • Quarantine Of Cuba

    Quarantine Of Cuba
    the quarantine of Cuba began, but Kennedy decided to give Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev more time to consider the U.S. action by pulling the quarantine line back 500 miles
  • Dismantle of Weapons

    Dismantle of Weapons
    Khrushchev announced his government's intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba.
  • Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    The United States, Soviet Union, and Great Britain signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to end the testing of nuclear bombs in the atmosphere and underwater.