President Kennedy meets with soviet leader to make it clear that soviet help in Cuba will only create more problems between soviets and the U.S.
American military units begin moving to bases in the Southeastern U.S. as intelligence photos from another U-2 flight
President Kennedy leaves for a scheduled campaign trip to Ohio and Illinois. There he continues to think of the strategies to use against the Cubans.
this was the beginning of the dreaded 13 day missile crisis where President Kennedy was presented with 2 options of response.
The ships of the naval quarantine fleet move into Cuba. Soviet submarines threaten the quarantine by moving into the Caribbean area. Soviet ships with military supplies stop dead in the water.
President meets with General Sweeney of the Tactical Air Command who tells him that an air strike could not guarantee 100% destruction.
President Kennedy starts to phone former presidents to inform them of his decision and ask for additional advice
President Kennedy returns back to washington and decides on the quarintine.
Chairman Khrushchev replies to President Kennedy's October 23rd letter and basically stated that his decision would only harm the U.S.
The Bucharest, carrying only petroleum products, is finally allowed through the quarantine line. The U.N. Secretary General calls for a cooling off period, which is rejected by Kennedy because it would leave the missiles in place.