Cuban Missile Crisis
October 28, 2021
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a crisis that occurred between 1962 and occurred as a result of the Cold War that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union. This crisis occurred after the fact that the United States had sponsored an attack on Cuba's Bay of Pigs, a communist country in the Caribbean Sea. Although a failure, this invasion has angered the Soviet Union, as the world's communist leader, as well as the Cuban people themselves. In September 1962, Nikita Khruschev, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union, declared to United States President John F. Kennedy that any subsequent attack on Cuba would be considered an act of war. Shortly thereafter, the Soviet Union immediately deployed medium-sized missiles equipped with nuclear warheads in Cuba. The missiles pose a threat to the US because of their destructive capabilities that can destroy a large city within a short time of launch. On October 22, 1962, Kennedy made a public appearance and demanded the Soviet Union withdraw its missiles or the US would attack Cuba. Thus began the weeks known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Negotiations between these two sworn enemies were tough because both sides felt ready for war and did not want to reduce their demands. American warships besieged Cuba to impose a "quarantine" on all Cuban shipping; the bombers sought position in Florida and prepared for air raids. Fortunately, on October 28, 1962, Khruschev stated that the Soviet Union was willing to remove its nukes as long as the US promised not to invade Cuba.