Today in Latin American History
U.S. Major’s Plane was Shot Down in Cuba by a Soviet Missile in 1962
Photo: U-2 reconnaissance plane
Today in Latin American history, U.S. Major’s reconnaissance airplane was shot down in Cuba by a Soviet missile in 1962.
The U-2 plane was shot down by a Soviet missile crew, an action that could have resulted in immediate retaliation from the Kennedy crisis cabinet, according to Secretary of Defense McNamara’s later testimony.
Kennedy let the negotiations continue.
The next day, October 28, 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Tejano commander Juan Seguín who led during Texas Revolution was born in 1806
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian cartoonist Maurício de Sousa who created “Monica’s Gang” was born in 1935
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who was in office 2003-11 was born in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, Peruvian footballer Jorge Soto who played for the National team for 15 years was born in 1971
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Martín Prado who plays for the Atlanta Braves was born in 1983