The Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Missiles Spotted

    Missiles Spotted
    An American high-flying reconnaissance spyplane, the U-2, flies over Cuban airspace, spotting Soviet SS-5 nuclear missiles on Cuban launchpads.
  • Ex-Comm Meetings

    Ex-Comm, a group of political leaders, met and started discussing possible methods of reaction. The ideas at the time were an air strike with an accompanying invasion or a naval quaratine with the threat of military action.
  • Moving Units

    President JFK starts moving American troops to the Southern US. Additionall U-2 flights reveal more missile sites and 32 more nuclear missiles
  • A Visit

    Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko visits President Kennedy. Gromyko claims that the missiles are for defensive purposes only, but Kennedy does not reveal how much he knows about the missiles. 
  • The Decision is Made

    President Kennedy and his advisors decide that the best course of action would be to set up a naval quaratine.
  • Revealing the Missiles

    President JFK reveals the missiles to the public. He also states, on live TV, that they have set up a naval quaratine and are preparing for the removal of the missiles.
  • Ships move into place

    The US Ambassador presents the situation to the United Nations. The fleet moves into place to create a naval quaratine. President Kennedy asks Premier Nikita Khrushchev to stop all Soviet ships bound for Cuba.
  • Khrushchev Letter

    Premier Nikita Khrushchev sends a letter to President Kennedy stating that he will not give in to these demands.
  • More Reconnaissance

    The president authorizes more reconnaissance flights over Cuban airspace.
  • An Offer for Peace

    Khrushchev writes to Kennedy. He agrees to remove the missiles if the US removes the naval quaratine and promises not to invade Cuba .
  • Tougher Demands

    Khrushchev also demands the removal of nuclear missiles in Turkey in a follow-up letter to the one he sent on October 26. Kennedy agrees.
  • The Crisis is over

    Khrushchev accepts Kennedy's demands. Kennedy gives a public statement about how Cuba will not be invaded and the quaratine removed.