Havana in History

Historical Events

  • 1762-08-14 English fleet occupies Havana
  • 1863-03-21 Naval Engagement at Havana, Cuba: USS Henrick Hudson vs Confederate blokcade runner Wild Pigeon
  • 1898-02-15 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
  • 1906-09-30 Real Academia Galega, Galician language biggest linguistic authority starts working in Havana.
  • 1911-01-30 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
  • 1929-01-12 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
  • 1939-04-30 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-10-16 Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

BattleBattle of Interest

1957-03-13 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1958-01-08 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 1958-02-02 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • 1958-03-27 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro
  • 1958-04-03 Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana
  • 1959-02-01 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • 1959-10-21 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana
  • 1960-03-04 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • 1960-03-26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • 1960-07-08 Fidel Castro ends Havana's International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey
  • 1969-06-04 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana and survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft
  • 1989-09-03 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die
  • 1991-08-02 Pan Am games open in Havana
  • 1991-08-18 Pan American games close in Havana
  • 1994-08-01 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006-07-31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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
  • 2016-02-12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1874-04-03 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1944)
  • 1890-08-04 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1957)
  • 1900-05-20 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1903-08-14 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • 1910-12-19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1912-02-16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1914-11-15 Jorge Bolet, pianist (C'eurties Instituka), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1917-12-21 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1920-02-27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1927-10-12 Antonia Rey [Francesch], Cuban-born American actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928-05-31 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929-11-10 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2015)
  • 1939-03-01 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • 1940-10-30 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1943-06-24 Georg Stanford Brown, Cuban actor (Terry Webster-Rookies), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1946-09-02 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1956-04-12 Andy Garcia, Cuban-American actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1956-12-02 Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), born in Havana, Cuba

Person of interestGloria Estefan

1957-09-01 Gloria Estefan [Fajardo], Cuban-American singer (Miami Sound Machine-Conga), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1961-10-04 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1964-07-02 Jose Canseco, outfielder (Oak A's, Red Sox, 1988 AL MVP), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1964-09-24 Rafael Palmeiro, 1st baseman (Baltimore Orioles), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1967-01-23 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1999)
  • 1972-01-11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba

Famous Weddings

  • 1923-03-23 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba