Today in Latin American History
Fidel Castro Arrived in NYC as the head of the Cuban Delegation to the U.N. in 1960
Photo: Fidel Castro at the U.N. in 1960
Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro arrived in NYC as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations in 1960.
While in New York he met with journalists and anti-establishment figures like Malcolm X, he described New York as a “city of persecution” against black and poor Americans.
Although Castro publicly denied being a socialist, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev informed his entourage that the Cuban would become “a beacon of Socialism in Latin America.”
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final voyage in 1502
- Today in LatAm history, Government Junta in Chile took power & was first step towards independence from Spain in 1810
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean activist and journalist María De la Cruz who fought for women’s suffrage was born in 1912
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan musician Benjamin Brea who played with the Jackson 5 & The Supremes was born in 1946
- Today in LatAm history, Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people in 1974
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican artist Guillermo Vargas whose work has caused a lot of controversy was born in 1975
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Ronaldo who played for the National team & Real Madrid was born in 1976
- Today in LatAm history, hundreds of Brazilians were poisoned by radiation from the substance cesium-137 in 1987
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian football player Mauro Ramos who played for the National team died in 2002