Monday, October 25, 2010

On October 25

On this day in ...
... 1962, at the U.N. Security Council in New York, the U.S. Ambassador to the United States, Adlai E.Stevenson, challenged his Soviet counterpart to explain the presence of nuclear missiles in Cuba. When the Soviet ambassador declined to give an immediate answer (possibly because he lacked instructions from Moscow), Stevenson -- formerly an Illinois Governor (and before that, an attaché at the U.N. Charter conference in San Francisco) who'd become known for his wit in 2 unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Presidency -- went on the offensive. He told the Soviet envoy he could wait "till hell freezes over"; in the interim, he set up easels and displayed enlarged photographs (above left), evidence of the installations. High points in this video clip; more here and here on Stevenson and others who played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 (prior InLawGrrls posts here, here, here, and here).

(Prior October 25 posts are here, here, and here.)

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