Historic first meeting Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev meets President John F. Kennedy at the American ambassador’s residence in Vienna in June 1961
The Cuban Missile Crisis was seen as a pivotal moment in the Cold War.
More than 50 years ago the United States and the Soviet Union came closer to a full-blown nuclear war than at any other moment in history.
Also known as the October Crisis, the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, it was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union between October 16 and 28 in 1962.
It concerned Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba.
In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to agree to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of…