Cuban Missile Crisis
Two principal courses are offered: an air strike and invasion, or a naval quarantine
American military units begin moving to bases in the Southeastern U.S. as intelligence photos from another U-2 flight show additional sites; and 16 to 32 missiles.
President Kennedy is visited by Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who asserts that Soviet aid to Cuba is purely defensive and does not represent a threat to the United States.
Kennedy's advisers continue the debate over the necessary and appropriate course of action.
Plans for deploying naval units are drawn and work is begun on a speech to notify the American people.
President meets with General Walter Sweeney of the Tactical Air Command who tells him that an air strike could not guarantee 100% destruction of the missiles.
Kennedy announces the establishment of a naval quarantine around the island until the Soviet Union agrees to dismantle the missile sites and to make certain that no additional missiles are shipped to Cuba.
Kennedy asks Khrushchev to halt any Russian ships heading toward Cuba.
Chairman Khrushchev replies indignantly to President Kennedy's letter.
Soviet freighters turn and head back to Europe. The Bucharest, carrying only petroleum products, is allowed through the quarantine line.
Khrushchev to Kennedy makes a similar offer removal of the missiles in exchange for lifting the quarantine and a pledge that the U.S. will not invade Cuba.
Soviet Union will withdraw the missiles from Cuba under United Nations supervision in exchange for an American pledge not to invade Cuba.
The thirteen days marking the most dangerous period of the Cuban missile crisis end