Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for October 16th:
MRBM Field Launch Site San Cristobal No. 1 14 October 1962


MRBM Field Launch Site San Cristobal No. 1 14 October 1962, 10/14/1962 (National Archives Identifier: 193926); United States Department of Defense: Cuban Missile Crisis, 10/1962 - 11/1962; Collection JFK-PXDOD: United States Department of Defense, 1961 - 1963; John F. Kennedy Library (NLJFK); National Archives and Records Administration.

At 8:45 AM on October 16, 1962, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy alerted President Kennedy that a major international crisis was at hand. Two days earlier a United States military surveillance aircraft had taken hundreds of aerial photographs of Cuba. CIA analysts, working around the clock, had deciphered in the pictures conclusive evidence that a Soviet missile base was under construction near San Cristobal, Cuba, just 90 miles from the coast of Florida. The most dangerous encounter in the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union had begun.

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