Today in Latin American History
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
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine physician Cosme Argerich who was the Army’s first Surgeon General was born in 1758
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Emilio Navarro who played in the “Negro Leagues” was born in 1905
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian singer Gal Costa who has been performing for 47 years was born in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, the remains of the last Aztec Emperor, Cuauhtemoc, were discovered in a Mexican church in 1949