Khrushchev announces the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
Nikita Khrushchev's Message to John Kennedy
October 28, 1962
[Moscow domestic service in Russian at 1404 GMT on 28 October broadcasts a Khrushchev message to Kennedy. He declares:]
I received your message of 27 October and I am grateful for your appreciation of the responsibility you bear for world peace and security.
The Soviet government has ordered the dismantling of bases and the dispatch of equipment to the U.S.S.R. A few days ago, Havana was shelled, allegedly by Cuban emigres. Yet someone must have armed them for this purpose. Even a British cargo ship was shelled. Cubans want to be masters of their country. The threat of invasion has upset the Cuban people.
I wish to again state that the Soviet government has offered Cuba only defensive weapons. I appreciate your assurance that the United States will not invade Cuba. Hence, we have ordered our officers to stop building bases, dismantle the equipment, and send it back home. This can be done under U.N. supervision.
We must not allow the situation to deteriorate, (but) eliminate hotbeds of tension, and we must see to it that no other conflicts occur which might lead to a world nuclear war.
We are ready to continue to exchange views on relations between NATO and the Warsaw Bloc, disarmament, and other issues of peace and war.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
Eleanor Roosevelt supported the President's New Deal and advocated for civil rights, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential women.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
The young CBS reporter changed his pacifist ideals after reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe during World War II.
Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.