crisis had been building since the Bay Of Pigs fiasco in April
USA had incontrovertible proof that Cuba had a number of Soviet made medium range
missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
is likely that Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, resented that the USA had nuclear
missiles stationed close to Russia and was looking to redress the balance.
this day, and for the next 2 weeks, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war
until the Soviets backed down from breaking a US blockade.
in 1964, Nikita Khrushchev was ousted as leader of the Communist party, in favor
of Leonid Brezhnev.