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U.S. Ends 27-Day Naval Blockade of Cuba, 1962

The action comes after Russia agrees to remove its 30-plus bombers from the island within a month, the Chicago Daily Tribune reports on Nov. 21.

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    Chicago Daily Tribune
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    November 1962
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    Front Page
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The Chicago Daily Tribune on Nov. 21, 1962, carries President John F. Kennedy’s announcement that the naval blockade around Cuba is officially over.  The blockade was imposed in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis the previous month in an attempt to stop more weapons and materials from reaching Soviet nuclear missile bases under construction on the island. The order required that the U.S. Navy search every foreign vessel headed to Cuba and use force against them when necessary.

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended on Oct. 28, 1962, when the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle its bases under United Nations supervision if the U.S. lifted the blockade and promised not to invade Cuba.

The paper also reports that Cuban antiaircraft batteries fired on a plane, believed to be American, in its airspace. There are no reports of injuries or damage.


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