Day 12, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

October 27, Day 12 of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.  As the world continued to wait and worry, American planes and ships continued to fly into Cuban skies and seas.  On October 27, a US Air Force spy plane was shot down over Cuba, and the pilot was killed.  As then US Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara recalled later, “I thought it was the last Saturday I would ever see.”  Behind the scenes, however, the feverish diplomatic bargaining continued, with Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev again proposing peace if the US would promise not to invade Cuba and to dismantle US missiles in Turkey. The image shows the predicted range that the Russian nuclear weapons could reach if fired from Cuba.  (Image from John F. Kennedy Library,

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