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Today in Latin American History

Cuban Student Revolutionaries Attack the Presidential Palace in 1957

Cuban Student Revolutionaries Attack the Presidential Palace in 1957

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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.

Student leader José Antonio Echeverría was killed by police outside Radio Reloj in Havana after announcing that Batista had been killed in a student attack on the Presidential Palace.

In reality, Batista survived, and the students of the FEU and DR who led the attack were killed in the response by the military and police.

Other events that occurred on this day:

    Today in LatAm history, Nojpetén, capital of the Itza Maya kingdom, fell to Spanish conquistadors, the final step in the Spanish conquest of Guatemala in 1697

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