EXCOMM Meeting, Cuban Missile Crisis
President Kennedy meets with members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM) in the White House on October 29, 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis had ended the previous day, October 28, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev acquiesced to Kennedy’s demands, agreeing to remove missiles from Cuba if the United States would promise not to invade Cuba and secretly remove missiles from Turkey. This agreement averted potential disaster—actual nuclear conflict.
Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum