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The events of the thirteen days
16th October * Kennedy is informed of Khrushchev's plans to place nuclear missiles on Cuba
20th October * Kennedy decides to impose a naval blockade around Cuba to prevent further missiles
22nd October * Kennedy gives a public address officially declaring the blockade and calling on Khrushchev
to recall his ships.
23rd October * Khrushchev sends a letter to Kennedy stating that Russian ships will break through the
24th October * Khrushchev issues a statement that the USSR is prepared to launch nuclear weapons if
America goes to war
25 October * American and Soviet armed forces are on the highest level of alert, they are told to
prepare for war
* Kennedy writes to Khrushchev asking him to withdraw his missiles from Cuba
26th October * Khrushchev responds to Kennedy's letter, saying that he will withdraw soviet missiles in
return for a guarantee that the USA will not invade Cuba.
27th October * Khrushchev receives intelligence that the USA are planning to invade Cuba within 24 hours.
He proposes a deal: the USSR will withdraw missiles from Cuba is the USA will agree never
to invade Cuba and to remove their missiles from Turkey.
* An American spy plane is shot down over Cuba. American `hawks' demand retaliation
* Robert Kennedy (Kennedy's brother and chief advisor) approaches the Russian ambassador
accepting Khrushchev's deal but demands that the withdrawal of American troops
from Turkey is kept secret.
28th October * Khrushchev accepts the secret deal.
(* mean a new point)