Cuban Missile Crisis TimelineCuban missile crisis
January 1, 1959 After a six-year long communist revolution President Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba and Fidel Castro assumes power after proclaiming victory in Santiago
October 28, 1959 Turkey and the United States agree to deploy fifteen nuclear-tipped Jupiter missiles in Turkey starting on June 1, 1961
February 4-13, 1960 During his trip to Cuba Soviet First Deputy Prime Minister Anastas Mikoyan negotiates economic and trade agreements that help Fidel Castro to decrease Cuba's eMay 7, 1960
May 7, 1960
The Soviet Union and Cuba establish diplomatic relations.
May 27, 1960 The United States ends its foreign aid program to Cuba.
July 8, 1960 The United States stops the import of Cuban sugar, effectively cutting off 80 percent of Cuban exports to the United States.
July 12, 1960Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev supports Cuba in dispute with U.S. over Guatanamo Bay military base.
April 17-18, 1961With U.S. direction, training, and support, a group of about fourteen hundred Cuban emigrés attempt an invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs
April 19, 1961
In a memo for the president, Attorney General Robert Kennedy identifies "three possible courses of action": (1) sending American troops into Cuba; (2) placing a strict blockade around Cuba; or (3) calling on the Organization of American States (OAS) to prohibit the shipment to Cuba of arms from any outside source.
U.S. Jupiter missiles in Turkey become operational. All positions are reported "ready and manned" by U.S. personnel. (History of the Jupiter Missile System, 7/27/62)
Late April 1962
While vacationing in the Crimea, across the Black sea from Turkey, Khrushchev reflects on the Turkish missiles and reportedly conceives the idea of deploying similar weapons in Cuba. Soviet sources have identified three reasons that might have led Khrushchev to pursue the
May 8, 1962
A multi-service military exercise designed to test contingency planning for Cuba begins.
U.S. intelligence receive several reports of Soviet missiles in Cuba during the month, all of which are either linked to SAM or cruise missiles or shown to be incorrect.
October 14, 1962
Early morning: A U-2 aircraft flies over western Cuba from south to north.
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