Fifty years ago today, the Cuban Missile Crisis moved into a new phase as John F. Kennedy addressed the nation, revealing that Soviet missile bases had been discovered in Cuba. He also announced a naval quarantine of the island designed to prevent Soviet ships from depositing more weapons there. For more on the tense Cold War standoff between two superpowers, here’s a list of resources available on History.com and beyond, including an audio clip of the historic speech JFK gave on this day in 1962.
JFK’s Address to the Nation
In a calm but forthright television and radio address, Kennedy announces the discovery of missiles in Cuba one week after he first learned of their existence.
10 Things You May Not Know About the Cuban Missile Crisis
Did you know that JFK’s aides also drafted a version of his October 22 speech announcing a military invasion of Cuba rather than a naval blockade? Explore this and other surprising facts about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Our in-depth article on the historic showdown is accompanied by videos, photo galleries and more.
Cuban Missile Crisis in Song
Artist and musician Jeffrey Lewis offers a quick and entertaining summary of the Cuban Missile Crisis in this short video.
Cuban Missile Crisis on Twitter
Follow us as we tweet key moments during the 50th anniversary of the 13-day standoff. Look for the hashtag #CUBANMISSILECRISIS.
From Around the Web:
To the Brink
The Foundation for the National Archives and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation put together this slick interactive available online and through the App Store. It features photos, documents and audio.
Clouds Over Cuba
This interactive documentary created on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum explores the “what if?” scenarios of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It includes commentary by historian Sheldon M. Stern, Nikita Khrushchev’s son and others.
50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Researchers at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government assembled this collection of original documents and information. Be sure to check out the timeline, which shows the origins of the crisis going all the way back to 1945.