To mark the 50th anniversary of theCuban Missile Crisis later this year, Foreign Policy is launching "Cuban Missile Crisis +50" -- a detailed chroncile of the events, decisions, and key figures of this epochal Cold War confrontation. Our guide is FP blogger and noted historian Michael Dobbs, author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. Join us as we take a closer look at key events in the months running up to the infamous 13 days in October. We begin 50 years ago, in July 1962.
July 6, 1962
Issa Pliyev, shown above, is appointed as the commander of Soviet forces in Cuba by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.