Iconic Presidential Moments: John F. Kennedy (Cuban Missile Crisis)

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

There are images that will stay with us forever. From FDR notifying the world that the U.S. had entered WWII, to Obama's trademark fist bump at the Democratic National Convention, these scenes depict modern-day leaders doing their jobs. Whether they be funny, awe-inspiring, or sad, each of the following pictures captures a moment in time that both validates and transcends our personal experience and reminds us of our shared history.

Catherine McNiff

John F. Kennedy
Cuban missile crisis
JFK cuban missile crisis speech
In television and radio broadcasts during October and November, 1962, President John F. Kennedy alerted the world to the extremely delicate in Cuba; the photographic evidence of Russian missile sites threw tensions between the three countries into the highest gear, careening toward nuclear war. In one broadcast, the president addressed the people of Cuba directly, “Now your leaders are no longer Cuban leaders inspired by Cuban ideals. They are puppets and agents of an international conspiracy which has turned Cuba against your friends and neighbors in the Americas, and turned it into the first Latin American country to become a target for nuclear war—the first Latin American country to have these weapons on its soil.“
Photo source: AP Photo
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