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Fidel Castro Announced Cuba’s Support for the U.S.S.R. in a U.N. Speech in 1960

Fidel Castro Announced Cuba’s Support for the U.S.S.R. in a U.N. Speech in 1960

Photo: Fidel Castro at the U.N. in 1960

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Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro announced Cuba’s support for the U.S.S.R. in a speech at the United Nations in 1960.

Fidel Castro’s debut speech at the U.N. lasted four and a half hours, the longest ever in the General Assembly.

Castro’s first visit to the United States in 1959 had been a bit friendlier, but by 1960 he was firmly connected to the Soviets and used his speech to blast U.S. imperialism and insult John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, the U.S. presidential candidates at the time.

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