Did Khrushchev Start the Cuban Missile Crisis Over a Disneyland Snub?

by evanmcmurry

“What is it? Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Or have gangsters taken over the place that can destroy me? Then what must I do? Commit suicide? This is the situation I am in — your guest. For me the situation is inconceivable. I cannot find words to explain this to my people.”

—Nikita Khrushchev, upon learning Secret Service would not let him visit Disneyland, 1959

Three years later Khrushchev would send missiles to Cuba. Who knew if this slight was weighing in the back of his mind?

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