President John F. Kennedy announcing the U.S. naval blockade of Cuba on October 22, 1962., Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brittannica
Updated: Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 12:42 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 12:34 PM EDT
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he publicly revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation. Kennedy also called upon Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to "eliminate this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace."
Today marks the 50-year anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ahead of the final presidential debate centered around foreign policy tonight, it's interesting to take a look back at how this event has shaped the foreign policy decisions of many presidents. See how different presidents have reflected on the Cuban Missile Crisis throughout their presidency.