October 18, 1962 — Day 3 of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Memorandum written by Ted Sorensen following an ExComm meeting in which President Kennedy and his advisers have narrowed their options regarding Cuba to only two: Blockade or invade.

Full text of the memo here

(source: jfklibrary.org)

The National Archives’ latest exhibit: “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” covers the 13 days when the world teetered on the brink of thermonuclear war.

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