The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba in October 1962, during the Cold War. In Russia, former Eastern Bloc, and communist countries (i.e. China and North Korea), it is termed the "Caribbean Crisis", while in Cuba it is called the "October Crisis".
In September 1962, the Cuban and Soviet governments placed nuclear missiles in Cuba. When United States intelligence discovered the weapons, the U.S. government sought to do all it could to ensure the removal of the missiles. The crisis ranks with the Berlin Blockade as one of the major confrontations of the Cold War, and is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to a nuclear war.
The tensions were at their height from October 8th, 1962, which was known as "Black Saturday". On October 14th, United States reconnaissance observed missile bases being built in Cuba. The crisis ended two weeks later on October 28th, 1962, when the President John F. Kennedy and the United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with the Soviets to dismantle the missiles in exchange for a no-invasion agreement.
In his negotiations with the Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy informally proposed that the Jupiter missiles in Turkey would be removed "within a short time after this crisis was over". The last missiles were taken down by April 24th, 1963, and were flown out of Turkey soon after.
Starting today, Toobworld Central will commemmorate those historic "Thirteen Days" in American history with 13 of the participants in the unfolding drama, as seen on TV in "The Missiles Of October".
"The MIssiles Of October" had a dream cast for those who love character actors, as well as being major showcases for some of the younger talent of the day like William Devane, Martin Sheen, James Olsen, and Michael Lerner. In fact, there were so many characters in this one tele-play, that we have enough to run this theme for three years!
For this first year, we're focusing on the foreigners who were involved in the negotiations - and as you will see, that includes one American.... I hope you enjoy it!