Fidel Castro arrived in New York in the middle of the 1960 presidential election



Fidel Castro arrived in New York on this day in 1960:

“In September 1960, Castro led a delegation to New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly. He and his entourage caused an immediate sensation by deciding to stay at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem. While there, Castro met with a number of African-American leaders, including Malcolm X from the Nation of Islam and the poet Langston Hughes.

On September 26, Castro delivered a blistering attack on what he termed American “aggression” and “imperialism.”

For over four hours, Castro lambasted U.S. policy toward Cuba and other nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The United States, he declared, had “decreed the destruction” of his revolutionary government.

Castro’s visit and lengthy public denunciation marked the final breaking point in relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

In January 1961, the Eisenhower administration severed all diplomatic relations with Cuba.”

Cuba also became a hot topic in the Kennedy-Nixon debates.   Kennedy took a very tough posture toward Castro.

Unfortunately, President Kennedy did not support the men of Brigade 2506 at The Bay of Pigs.   It turned into a huge victory for the Castro regime and the invasion was followed by severe repression against anti-Castro Cubans in the island.

The Missile Crisis followed 18 months later!

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