JFK Signs Quarantine Proclamation
The resolution was passed earlier in the day by a vote of 19-0.
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ambassador Adlai Stevenson made the case for the blockade.
Stevenson called Cuba...
Later, the White House received a letter from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in which he did not admit the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba or offer any concessions to the United States.
This is important, because his military advisers were favoring an armed invasion of Cuba by American forces.
Michael Dobbs writes:
"A week after the discovery of the Soviet missiles, CIA analysts were still unable to answer the president's most urgent question: where are the nuclear warheads?"
"The Soviet nuclear arsenal...far exceeded the worst nightmares of anyone in Washington.
It included....(not only) the ballistic missiles...but (also) an array of smaller weapons that could wipe out an invading army..."
*note: 1 megaton - 1 million tons of TNT, 1 kilaton - 1000 tons of TNT
Soviet R-12 Nuclear Missile
"One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev & Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War," by Michael Dobbs, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2008.