Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

JFK demands removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, announces ‘quarantine’ 50 years ago this hour (1962)


Video: Complete address by JFK (Oct. 22, 1962)

(Monday, October 22, 1962, 7 p.m. EDT, day seven of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address tonight in which he publicly revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation. Continue reading JFK demands removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, announces ‘quarantine’ 50 years ago this hour (1962)

South Vietnamese President Thieu turns down peace proposal 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: October 22, 1972 (6:51)

(Sunday, October 22, 1972, during the Vietnam War) — In Saigon, U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu met today to discuss a proposed cease-fire in the Vietnam War, already discussed between Americans and North Vietnamese in Paris. Continue reading South Vietnamese President Thieu turns down peace proposal 40 years ago today (1972)

End of ‘Sacrifice and torture’ in Stalingrad ‘nowhere in sight’ 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: October 22, 1942 (at 4:07)

(Thursday, October 22, 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Wilhelm Hoffman, a soldier in the 267th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division of the German 6th Army who chronicled the Battle of Stalingrad in his journal, wrote today:

“Who would have thought three months ago that instead of the joy of victory we would have to endure such sacrifice and torture, the end of which is nowhere in sight?…The soldiers are calling Stalingrad the mass grave of the Wehrmacht.”