Cuban Missile Crisis

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"Khrushchev built 42 secret missile sites" (Littell 492), and in 1962 the United States learned that the Soviet Union had begun missile shipments to Cuba by the U-2 spy planes that flew over the island. "The photos showed two types of missiles: medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM) able to travel about 1100 nautical miles (about 2000 km, or 1300 mi) and intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM) able to reach targets at a distance of about 2200 nautical miles (about 4100 km, or 2500 mi)" (http://www...
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"Fear swept over the country and the American citizens supported their president in planning action." (Bender 330). President John F Kennedy warned the soviets "the gravest issues would arise" if they were to place nuclear weapons in Cuba. "People all over the world feared this standoff would led to World War III and a nuclear disaster" (Littell 493)...
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