Events leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. A helicopter lands on the White House lawn in Washington DC. Beach views in Cuba. A military parade. Desecration of a monument. A crowd of cheering Cuban people as Fidel Castro enters Havana, Cuba in 1959. United Nations building. Fidel Castro and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev embrace. Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan deplanes and is greeted by Fidel Castro in Havana. A trade agreement between Russia and Cuba signed by Fidel Castro. Russian cargo ships en route to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats. A map depicts proximity of Cuba to the U.S. U.S. surveillance aircraft heading for Cuba. A sign reads 'HQ. 4080 S W Intelligence Division'. Men examine reconnaissance photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The photographs show transports and tents for fueling and maintenance. A sign reads 'Strategic Missile Facility GAM 77 Combined Systems'. U.S. rockets readied for any emergency. A U.S. Air Force aircraft takes off from an airfield. U.S. Navy ships in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. submarine underway at sea.
Dumping of radioactive material in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy sailors roll a drum of radioactive material over the side of the U.S. Navy's tank landing ship USS Calhoun County (LST-519). The sailors knock down a 50 gallon drum and roll it over the side of the ship. Drums being rolled over the edge of the ship into the Atlantic Ocean by pairs of sailors. Water splashes.
Dumping of radioactive material into the Atlantic Ocean. USS Calhoun County (LST-519) anchored at a port in New Jersey, United States. The American flag flies aboard the ship. Drums of atomic waste lined up on the deck of the ship. A map with a place marked on it. The map depicts the area in the Atlantic Ocean (seemingly off the coast of the Carolinas), where the atomic waste is to be disposed. Closer view of map shows writing, "Com Three Disposal Area" and a 2000 foot depth indication.
Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, permitting travel of ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean into the Great Lakes. Canadian police on motorcycles lead and escort the arrival of VIPs for ceremonies. United States First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and British royal Prince Philip pass by in a an open Cadillac convertible. Ceremonial stage area is seen. President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth arrive, seated in the back of a large Cadillac sedan. The rear seat is open, convertible style, while the rest of the vehicle is closed like a traditional sedan. Mrs. Eisenhower and Prince Philip arrive in a similarly designed Cadillac, with a closed forward area and open rear seat. Canadian Mounted Police guard and watch nearby. View of Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower exiting the vehicle and approaching the ceremony area on foot.
Dumping of radioactive material in the Atlantic Ocean. The open sea as the sun sets. Three officers on the bridge of U.S. Navy ship USS Calhoun County (LST-519). An emblem hangs from the side of the bridge depicting a turtle with a helmet on, floating in water, and the ships motto above it, "Slow but sure." An enlisted man walks around the weather deck with a Geiger counter as he checks for radioactivity after the radioactive waste has been dumped. Drums containing atomic waste secured on the deck. Enlisted persons move over the drums. Two enlisted men roll out drums over the edge of the ship. A drum strikes water and disappears below the surface. The men roll the drums over the edge of the ship and a drum falls into the sea. Personnel wash down the area where the drums were stored. A man uses a squeegee and a hose in the area. Men wash and sweep down the area.
View from an aircraft in flight, of Grumman F11F-1 Tiger aircraft shooting touch and go landings on the diagonal deck of the U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Forrestal (CV-59), while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Grumman C-1A Trader comes in for landing, followed by a Douglas AD-6 Skyraider displaying tail code AJ of Carrier Group 8 (CVG-8). It is followed by an AD-5Q with tail code GD of VAW-33 DET.42, Night Hawks. (This aircraft folds its wings immediately after landing.) A Douglas A3D Skywarrior lands. Crew clearing deck of aircraft. The A3D being moved to the hangar deck. Douglas delta-wing A-4 Skyhawk on the elevator. A Grumman F-11 being moved into the hangar. Regulus and Sidewinder missiles on racks below the deck. U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Gyatt (DD-712) pulls up alongside the Forrestal for refueling. Hoses being used for the purpose. Terrier missiles on the deck of the Destroyer. The Destroyer USS Charles Ware (DD-865) underway and refueling in rough seas. Her bow plunges in and out of the water and her deck is awash.