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Cuban Baseball Player Luis Aloma was Born in 1923

Today in Latin American history, Cuban baseball player Luis Aloma who pitched for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1923. Aloma, who was nicknamed "Witto," was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950 through 1953. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Proclaimed Cuba a Socialist Nation in 1961

Today in Latin American history, the Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaimed Cuba a socialist nation and abolished elections in 1961. continue reading »

JFK Discusses the Failure of the Bay of Pigs in 1961

Today in Latin American history, failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba was uncovered in 1961. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Resigned as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 2011

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title in 2011. continue reading »

CIA Trained Cuban Exiles Landed at the Bay of Pigs in 1961

Today in Latin American history, a group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro in 1961. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Visited the U.S. in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro visited the United States in 1959. Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government. continue reading »

Cuban Actor Andy García was Born in 1956

Today in Latin American history, Cuban actor Andy García who was nominated for an Oscar was born in 1956. García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III. continue reading »

U.S. Began Broadcasting the Anti-Castro Propaganda Network TV Martí to Cuba in 1990

Today in Latin American history, the United States began broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba in 1990. continue reading »

Cuban Student Revolutionaries Attack the Presidential Palace in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Cuban student revolutionaries stormed the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista in 1957. continue reading »

Fulgencio Batista Appointed Himself as the “Provisional President” in 1952

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista led a successful coup in Cuba and appointed himself as the "provisional president" in 1952. continue reading »

Cuba Leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. in 1903

Today in Latin American history, Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity" in 1903. The 45-square-mile site was originally used as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Became Premier of Cuba in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1 in 1959. continue reading »

USS Maine Exploded, Leading to Spanish-American War in 1898

Today in Latin American history, the USS Maine exploded and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 in 1898. continue reading »

U.S. Banned All Cuban Imports and Exports in 1962

Today in Latin American history, the United States banned all Cuban imports and exports in 1962. In response to the Cuban alignment with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy extended measures by Executive Order. continue reading »

The Treaty of Paris was Ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1899

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the United States Senate in 1899. continue reading »

Pope John Paul II Demands Release of Cuban Political Prisoners in 1998

Today in Latin American history, during a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demanded the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country in 1998. continue reading »

U.S. Severed Diplomatic Relations with Cuba in 1961

Today in Latin American history, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961. The U.S. chose to close the American Embassy in Havana in light of Fidel Castro's uprising. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Overthrew Cuban Dictator Batista in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, was overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution in 1959. continue reading »

Cuban Fencer Ramón Fonst Who Won LatAm’s First Olympic Medal Died in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Cuban fencer Ramón Fonst who won 4 Olympic gold medals died in 1959. Fonst participated in fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris for Cuba and won the gold medal in the épée, defeating French fencer Louis Perrée in the final. continue reading »

Fulgencio Batista Bombed a Revolt During the Cuban Revolution in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista bombed the revolt in Cienfuegos during the Cuban Revolution in 1957. The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. continue reading »