1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

This conference, focusing on the so-called Cuban missile crisis of 1962, was the fifth in a series attended by former U.S. government… read more

This conference, focusing on the so-called Cuban missile crisis of 1962, was the fifth in a series attended by former U.S. government officials, along with their Soviet and Cuban counterparts. It was learned that, contrary to U.S. intelligence reports, the Soviet Union had in fact placed nuclear warheads in Cuba prior to the 1962 crisis. It was also revealed that Soviet field commanders had the authority to use those weapons, without instructions from Moscow, in the event of a U.S. invasion of Cuba. At the peak of the crisis, the U.S. had some 140 thousand troops mobilized to invade the island with just an hour’s notice. The Cuban missile crisis ended when Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev agreed to withdraw Soviet missiles from Cuba in exchange for a promise by President Kennedy not to invade that island nation. Most military and diplomatic experts agree that the Cuban missile crisis brought the world closer to nuclear war than any other superpower confrontation of the post-World War II era. close

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  • Allyn, Bruce Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government
  • Arbesu, Jose Chief Cuba->Cuban Interests Section
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1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

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Program ID:
23910-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 21, 1992
Last Aired:
Jan 26, 1992

Airing Details

  • Jan 21, 1992 | 10:53pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 22, 1992 | 5:24am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 22, 1992 | 3:34pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 26, 1992 | 2:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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