Cuba and the Cold War | From Castro's rise to power to the missile crisis
At the height of the Cold War, on 1 January 1959, a guerrilla army led by Fidel Castro defeated the US-backed Batista government. Attempts by the US government to undermine Castro's new administration, coupled with similarities of ideology, pushed Cuba into the arms of the Soviet Union. So began years of dangerous political manoeuvring that culminated in the 1962 missile crisis and the day the world came close to nuclear war.
Remember the days when a tropical island caused a political whirlwind with this collection of broadcasts featuring Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and JFK.
Castro speaks to reporters a week after the revolution.
Robin Day reports from Florida on the Cuban exiles.
President Kennedy speech following the Bay of Pigs incident.
'Panorama' visits Fidel Castro after the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Kennedy's speech on the Cuban missile crisis.
An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council discusses the Cuban missile crisis.
A brief report on the arrival of an evacuee ship from Guantanamo.
After 'one of the most dangerous weeks in history', what now for the world?
Castro celebrates 10 years since the first uprising against the former regime.
Kate Adie introduces a report on the Cuban missile crisis.
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