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14 October 1962 An American U2 aircraft took photos of ballistic missiles on Cuba
16 October Shown the photos, Kennedy convened his Executive Committee advisers
19 October Further photos revealed more missile sites in preparation
22 October US military chiefs informed Kennedy that a single attack on the missile sites would not guarantee their destruction
22 October Kennedy announced a blockade of Cuba to prevent more Soviet missiles arriving
24 October Khrushchev sent Kennedy a positive message, implying the worst of the crisis was over
26 October Kennedy said the USA would not invade Cuba and again demanded the withdrawal of missiles from Cuba
28 October A private deal was made between the superpowers and Soviet radio announced the weapons would be dismantled