Today in Latin American History
Cuban Missile Crisis Began When Photos of Soviet Missiles Being Installed in Cuba in 1962
Photo: Weapons discovered during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Today in Latin American history, the Cuban Missile Crisis began when photos of Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba in 1962.
The US first obtained U-2 photographic evidence of the missiles on October 14, when a U-2 flight piloted by Major Richard Heyser took 928 pictures on a path selected by DIA analysts, capturing images of what turned out to be an SS-4 construction site at San Cristóbal, Pinar del Río Province, in western Cuba.
The crisis is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict and is also the first documented instance of mutual assured destruction (MAD) being discussed as a determining factor in a major international arms agreement.
The Cuban Missile Crisis lasted until October 28.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican actor Jon Seda who has played many TV & film roles was born in 1970
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian footballer Paul Ambrosi who plays for the National team & Liga de Quito was born in 1980
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actress Sherlyn González who is currently starring on Amores verdaderos was born in 1985