All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Aerial Reconnaissance & the Cuban Missile Crisis

U-2 Reconnaissance of Cuba, 1962

U-2 Reconnaissance of Cuba, 1962

Washington, DC
Saturday, December 15, 2012

A panel of military veterans talks about aerial reconnaissance leading up to and during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Speakers include Wayne Witten, author of “Countdown to 13 Days and Beyond,” and Ken Jack, co-author of "Blue Moon Over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance During the Cuban Missile Crisis." The American Veterans Center hosted the discussion. 

Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:34pm (ET)

Related Events

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Monday, December 24, 2012     

Fifty years to the day that American U-2 planes photographed startling evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, American History TV was live from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. A gathering of historians, scholars, filmmakers and journalists came together for a 50th anniversary retrospective of the historic 13 days that came to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Participants included Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev—President Kennedy’s counterpart in a military and political confrontation that tested the young Kennedy administration and threatened to lead to nuclear war.

President Kennedy: Cuban Missile Crisis Oval Office Address
Sunday, October 14, 2012     

50 years ago on October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered an address from the Oval Office on the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He stated that "It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union."

The CIA and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Sunday, October 23, 2011     

The Cuban Missile Crisis is the subject of this ten minute Universal Newsreel from October 1962.
 
On October 22nd, 1962 President John F. Kennedy announced the United States had discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

The CIA and the Cuban Missile Crisis - 1992 Archival Film from the CIA
Saturday, October 22, 2011     

History Professor James Hershberg lectures on the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

Cuban Missile Crisis "On The Brink"
Saturday, October 23, 2010     

It has been forty-eight years since the United States and Soviet Union showdown over Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The crisis ended when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev backed down and announced the removal of the missiles. Former presidential adviser and special counsel, Ted Sorensen and former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara took part in a 2002 discussion on those thirteen days in October 1962.

George Washington's "New Room" Restoration
Sunday     

We go to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate to see what he called the “New Room” – which, after 14 months, $600,000, and extensive scientific and scholarly analysis, is once again a room he would recognize. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, owners of Washington’s estate since 1858, believe that a room long thought to be used for dining was actually more of a statement room – one designed to project Washington’s own sense of himself as a gentleman farmer, Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States. We get an up close look at Mount Vernon’s grandest room and hear from the team of historians and curators behind its restoration. This event was hosted by Mount Vernon.

Civil Rights Summit - President Speeches
Sunday     

President Obama was joined last week by three predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Johnson. They each delivered remarks at the Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

50th Anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan
Sunday     

Decided by the Warren Court in 1964, New York Times v. Sullivan was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, upholding the freedom of the press and greatly reducing the number of libel lawsuits. Attorneys Lee Levine and law professor Steve Wermiel tell the story of Justice Brennan’s struggle to thwart efforts to overturn the Sullivan case. Their new book is The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan. The Newseum hosted this event. 

Reel America: "The Treasury Story" 1969
Sunday     

A history of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which was founded in 1789. Funded by the Treasury Dept., the film includes reenactments and documentary segments of employees engaged in Treasury activities ranging from the IRS to money printing, to the Secret Service.

Lectures in History: Satchel Paige, Negro Leagues Baseball & Civil Rights
Saturday     

University of Miami history professor Donald Spivey teaches a class on African American baseball pitcher Satchel Paige and how he and those involved in the Negro Leagues contributed to the fight for civil rights. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN on Twitter (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org