Cuban History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 191 of 191

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1961-04-30 Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1961-05-01 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba
  • 1961-05-01 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
  • 1961-07-24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • 1961-12-02 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism
  • 1961-12-23 Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
  • 1962-01-22 The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

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1962-02-03 US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962-02-07 US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.
  • 1962-07-02 Cubans minister of Foreign affairs RaulCastro arrives in Moscow
  • 1962-07-26 Maria Oeljanov, 1st airship with nuclear missiles, arrives in Cuba
  • 1962-08-29 US U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba
  • 1962-10-14 US U-2 espionage planes locate missile launchers in Cuba
  • 1962-10-16 Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba
  • 1962-10-22 JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba
  • 1962-10-22 US President John F Kennedy imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
  • 1962-10-23 Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • 1962-10-24 Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins
  • 1962-10-25 US Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson demands USSR UN rep Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over"
  • 1962-10-26 JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

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1962-10-26 Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1962-10-27 Black Saturday - Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba
  • 1962-10-28 Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated
  • 1962-10-28 Cuban missile crisis: US President JFK receives letter from Soviet Leaderr Khrushchev suggesting agreement
  • 1962-11-20 USSR agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, & US lifts blockade
  • 1962-12-21 US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • 1962-12-23 Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
  • 1963-02-19 USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
  • 1963-04-27 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow
  • 1963-07-08 US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba

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1963-09-27 Lee Harvey Oswald visits Cubans consulate in Mexico

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1963-10-04 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
  • 1963-10-09 Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba & Haiti, kills 6,000
  • 1965-12-01 Airlift of refugees from Cuba to US began
  • 1966-11-02 The Cuban Adjustment Act enters force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • 1975-08-21 US lightens trade embargo against Cuba
  • 1975-10-23 Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola
  • 1975-10-26 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • 1976-02-24 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • 1976-10-06 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board
  • 1976-12-02 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.
  • 1977-03-18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • 1977-06-03 US & Cuba talk about diplomatic relations
  • 1978-07-13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • 1980-04-14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
  • 1980-04-20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • 1980-09-18 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • 1980-09-26 Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
  • 1981-03-24 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba

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1981-11-16 President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982-01-23 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approx date)
  • 1985-05-20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • 1987-08-15 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • 1988-08-07 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • 1988-08-08 Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • 1988-09-08 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • 1989-07-29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • 1990-03-27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • 1990-08-06 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba & Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 1991-05-23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • 1991-11-21 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela arrested in Cuba
  • 1991-11-27 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela sentenced to 2 years (Cuba)
  • 1992-01-03 32 Cubans defect to the US via helicopter
  • 1992-06-28 US Dream Team beats Cuba in 1st exhibition basketball game, 133-57
  • 1992-11-15 Cuban Ilyushin IL-18 flight to Puerto Plata crashes, 34 die
  • 1993-11-15 13 Cuban refugees land in Florida after stealing a crop-duster in Cuba.
  • 1994-08-01 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed
  • 1996-02-24 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • 1997-05-12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-12-31 Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • 1998-01-21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba

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1998-01-23 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1998-01-25 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands the release of political prisoners; he also condemns US moves to isolate the country
  • 1999-11-21 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, departs from Cuba with his mother
  • 1999-11-22 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, and his mother are sighted off of Florida's coast by U.S. Coast Guard
  • 2000-06-28 Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.
  • 2002-05-12 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 2002-12-08 The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 2004-10-25 Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.

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2006-07-31 Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2008-02-24 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
  • 2011-04-19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
  • 2012-10-25 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba and Haiti killing 65 people and causing over $80 million in damage
  • 2013-02-24 Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba
  • 2013-02-25 Cuban President Raul Castro announces he will not seek another term in 2018
  • 2014-01-02 Raul Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country
  • 2015-04-11 Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution
  • 2015-07-01 US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties

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2015-09-20 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba

Pope Francis
Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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2016-03-20 Barak Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 131 of 131

  • 1964-10-19 Jorge Luis Gonzales, Cuban-born American boxer
  • 1965-01-06 Konnan, Cuban-born professional wrestler
  • 1965-02-16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • 1965-11-20 Sen Dog, Cuban rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1966-02-24 Rene Arocha, Cubans/US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1967-04-12 Mellow Man Ace, Cuba, spanish rapper/actor (Only the Strong)
  • 1967-09-22 Félix Savón, Cuban boxer
  • 1967-10-13 Javier Sotomayor, Cuban jumper (world record 1989)
  • 1968-01-02 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • 1968-11-04 Osvaldo Fernandez, Holguin Cuba, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1969-05-18 Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)
  • 1971-06-01 Mario Cimarro, Cuban actor
  • 1971-06-01 Roldán González, Cuban singer (Orishas)
  • 1971-08-10 Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban boxer
  • 1971-12-06 José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • 1972-01-11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1972-12-17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • 1974-01-23 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player
  • 1974-01-31 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
  • 1974-03-19 Vida Guerra, Cuban-American swimsuit model
  • 1975-02-20 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • 1975-10-23 Odalys García, Cuban actress
  • 1977-01-12 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
  • 1977-08-20 Mayra Veronica, Cuban model and actress
  • 1978-06-14 Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast
  • 1979-07-22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • 1979-08-10 Joanna Garcia, Cuban actress
  • 1981-12-23 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
  • 1984-06-09 Yulieski Gourriel, Cuban baseball player
  • 1985-06-02 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1993-12-06 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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