Cuban Missile Crisis By: Sara Lane and Stephannie Degeorge f period April ?, 2008
Who: Nikita Khrushchev, Fidea Castro, John Kennedy What: Cuban Missile Crisis Where: US, Cuba, Turkey and Russia When: Oct. 15, 1962 Why: Because the U.S. put nuclear bombs in Turkey
Summary The crisis really started on Jan. 1, 1959, when Fidel Castro officially took control of Cuba after leading a successful revolt against General Fulgencio Batista. In October of 1959, The U.S. began setting up 15 nuclear-tipped Jupiter missiles along Turkey's border with the Soviet Union. Days later, Soviet Premier Khrushchev recommended the deployment of similar Soviet missiles in Cuba. Given Castro's bent to become a Soviet-style Communist leader favored by Khrushchev, relations between Cuba and the US went down hill. We tried and failed to kill Castro, we tried and failed to invade Castro's Island at the Bay of Pigs, and by early 1961, had cut off all trade and diplomatic relations with Castro. We probably should have know something bad was at hand on Oct. 8, 1962, when Cuban President Dorticós told the General Assembly of the U.N., "If we [Cuba] are attacked, we will defend ourselves. I repeat, we have sufficient means with which to defend ourselves; we have indeed our inevitable weapons, the weapons which we would have preferred not to acquire and which we do not wish to employ."
Bay of Pigs On April 17, 1962 about 1,500 CIA trailed Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs in southern Cuba. Many blunders occurred. The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by United States- backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the government of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Speeches/Documents John F Kennedy: It shall be a policy of this nation to regard and nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the western hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet union on the US. JFK!
Interesting Facts! Cuba was less than 90 miles away! There are books about the Cuban missile crisis There are movies about the Cuban missile crisis. Cuba is an island. U.S. had to do a blockade.
Quiz 1. When did it happen? 2. Who was our present? 3. Who was the soviets leader? 4. Where did they put their missiles? 5. How did we find out about this? 6. About how far would the missiles have hit us? 7. Did we give up or did they give up? 8. Who was partnered with Cuba? 9. Why did they want to bomb us? 10. How far away was Cuba? 1. October 15, 1962 2. John F. Kennedy 3. Fidea Castro 4. In Cuba 5. A plane flew over and saw them. 6. Up to Washington DC 7. They gave up 8. Russia 9. They felt threatened 10. 90 Miles