Today in World History: November 20th

Although the Cuban Missile Crisis ended on October 28, 1962, it did not truly end until the U.S. blockade of Cuba on November 20. The Cuban Missile Crisis was part of the Cold War between America and the U.S.S.S.R. It involved the setting up of Soviet missiles in Cuba, so that the anti-missile defenses of the U.S. wouldn’t have proper warning and the missiles would successfully reach Florida. After 13 days of tense negotiations, the Soviet Union agreed to take down their missiles, as long as America took down their missiles in Turkey. The naval blockade of Cuba ended on this day more than forty years ago. The blockade was put in place to make sure no missiles went in or out of Cuba.

“The week that changed the world”

-John F. Kennedy

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