The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in October 1962. The international crisis escalated when American missiles were deployed in Italy and Turkey, as well as when Soviet missiles were deployed in Cuba. This October 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the events.
Following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion–an United States attempt to overthrow the Fidel Castro regime–Soviet Union leadership reached a secret agreement to install Soviet missiles in Cuba. United States intelligence soon discovered the construction of these sites during routine surveillance. President John F. Kennedy then issued a warning against these efforts. However, on October 14th, President Kennedy received further photographic evidence of construction of medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic nuclear missiles sites in Cuba. This was the beginning of the tensions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On October 22nd, 1962, President Kennedy ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba, meaning “all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba” were blocked by US Naval forces. Despite ongoing tensions between the two countries, less than a week later, the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw missiles from Cuba on the stipulation the United States would likewise remove all missiles from Turkey.
Included below are a few select images related to the Cuban Missile Crisis from the holdings of the Still Picture Branch.
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National Archives photo no. 210-G-C241
Credit National Archives (photo no. 83-G-41368)
Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 83-G-41430
National Archives (210-G-A14)
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