The Cuban Missile Crisis : A 14 Day Long Standstill During The Cold War

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The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 14 day long standstill during the Cold War. This conflict was between the Soviet Union and the United States of America which almost brought these two countries on the brink of war in the fall of 1962. This crisis started on October 14, 1962 when a U-2 reconnaissance plane returned from a flight over Cuba with pictures of long, canvas-covered objects. Over that next 24 hours American analysts looked at the photograph that these pilots had taken and finally determined that the Soviets were installing medium-range ballistic missiles and launch pads in Cuba. These missiles were located less than 100 miles of Florida and were highly able of taking out a large portion of the United States. The Soviet Union had obtained nuclear missiles in Cuba which put the United States in a nervous frenzy. President Kennedy was soon informed on October 16, 1962 and were he quickly called a meeting with his top security advisors. This group later took on the name Executive Committee of the National Security Council.
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