This Day In History: Cuban Missile Crisis Ends

By  //  October 28, 2015

ABOVE VIDEO: John F. Kennedy briefs former U.S. President & World War II hero Dwight D. Eisenhower on the latest developments in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On October 28, 1962, Soviet Leader Nikita Kruschev informed U.S. President John Kennedy that the Soviets agreed to terms of the United States deal to deactivate nuclear missiles in Cuba.

The two-week-long standoff kept Space Coast residents, as well as the entire state of Florida and the United States, concerned about a possible nuclear strike on the U.S. mainland.

Throughout the standoff, JFK often admitted to advisers that each plan carried far too much risk to be considered a safe strategy.

Fallout from the crisis included a deterioration in U.S. – Cuba relations and concerns over the Castro regime.

BELOW VIDEO: President Kennedy recapped the latest developments with former U.S. President Harry Truman.

BELOW VIDEO: During the first days of the Cuban missile crisis, U.S. military leaders often clashed with President John F. Kennedy regarding the best strategy for handling the Soviets as well as Fidel Castro. Below is a recording of Air Force chief of staff Gen. Curtis LeMay discussing military options with President Kennedy. After criticizing Kennedy’s call to blockade the island as too weak a response,  LeMay warned that Kennedy’s refusal to invade Cuba would give the Soviets’ too much incentive to invade Berlin.