Today in Latin American History
Cuba & the U.S. Formally Agreed to Begin an Airlift for Cubans in 1965
Photo: Freedom Flights
Today in Latin American history, Cuba & the U.S. formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who wanted to go to the U.S. in 1965.
Under the Johnson and Nixon administrations, the twice daily “Freedom Flights” (Vuelos de la Libertad) from Varadero Beach to Miami were the only way to escape out of Cuba.
It became the longest airlift ever to take political refugees and transported 265,297 Cubans to the United States with the help of religious and volunteer agencies.
Flights were limited to immediate relatives, with a waiting period anywhere from one to two years.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval who performed alongside many famous musicians was born in 1949
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican composer Agustín Lara whose music was covered by many famous artists died in 1970
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Deivi Cruz who played for the Detroit Tigers was born in 1972
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian guerrillas seized control of the Palace of Justice killing 115 people in 1985