Cuba and the Cold War | From Castro's rise to power to the missile crisis
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 28 October 1962
DURATION | 1 minutes 29 seconds
BBC reporter Peter Woods is at the dockside in Norfolk, Virginia, as the Upshur, a ship carrying 1,700 evacuees, arrives. Surrounded by US Navy personnel and press, dependents of US servicemen crowd the decks, having been evacuated as a result of the missile crisis. Reportedly, Fidel Castro has demanded that the USA stops invading Cuban airspace and stockpiling arms in Florida.
The city of Guantanamo was founded in 1819 under Spanish rule. The bay is one of the largest and best sheltered in the world. The USA acquired it when Spain admitted defeat at the end of the Spanish-American War of 1898, and a US naval base was formally established in 1903. Since the revolution, the Cuban government has protested against the US presence there. The boundary is marked by barbed wire and minefields. It has been used for the detention of terrorist suspects since 2002.
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'Panorama' visits Fidel Castro after the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Kennedy's speech on the Cuban missile crisis.
The Labour Party leader speaks to BBC News about the missile crisis.
An extract from a radio newsreel.
An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council discusses the Cuban missile crisis.
Robin Day interviews US Senator Mike Mansfield for 'Panorama'.
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?
President Kennedy announces the end of the Cuban blockade.
Castro celebrates 10 years since the first uprising against the former regime.
A profile of Che Guevara.
Kate Adie introduces a report on the Cuban missile crisis.
A profile of the man devoted to removing Castro.
While the USA prepared for war, what was happening inside the USSR and Cuba?
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