October 27th, 1962
A U.S. spy plane was shot down by a Soviet missile.
A Nuclear armed Soviet submarine was hit by a small depth charge from a U.S. naval vessel trying to signal it to come up. The submarine thought that war had begun prepared to launch a nuclear torpedo.
For the launch of the torpedo to occur, they needed the decision unanimously from three officers. Two officers authorized the launch, but Officer Vasili Arkhipov refused.
His decision, saved the day and perhaps the world, but the crisis wasn’t over....
In Washington D.C., Attorney General, Robert Kennedy secretly met with Soviet Ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin.
Here, after intense negotiation, they reached an agreement.......
The U.S. would remove their missiles from Turkey and Italy and promise to never invade Cuba in exchange for the Soviet withdrawal from Cuba under U.N. inspection.
After the removal of the missiles from Khrushchev at 9am the next day, the crisis was avoided.