January 1961 turned out as another bad January for Cuba

On this day in 1961, the US announced that it had broken diplomatic relations with Cuba.  It was for many a sign that the US had lost patience with the Castro regime. 

It happened at the end of the Eisenhower administration. We assume that it had the consent of the incoming Kennedy team. 

My father, who passed away December 2015, told me that most people were very disillusioned at this point with Castro.   No elections.   Political prisoners.   And we know that many were getting ready to confront the regime in April 1961. 

Also, the Kennedy-Nixon debates a few months before had raised some expectations about a change coming to Cuba soon

My guess is that most thought that breaking diplomatic relations would lead to change in Cuba.   Unfortunately, opportunities were missed at The Bay of Pigs and The Missile Crisis.   

In the end, another January and more misery for the Cuban people, specially the ones who stayed behind. 

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