On #ThisDayinHistory 1960, Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the @UN #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.18: On #ThisDayinHistory 1960, Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the @UN #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7059 Castro’s visit stirred indignation and admiration from various sectors of American society, and was climaxed by his speech to the United Nations on Sept.26: By the time Castro arrived in New York City, relations between the United States and Cuba were rapidly deteriorating. Since taking power in January 1959, Castro had infuriated the American government with his policies of nationalizing U.S. companies and investments in Cuba……Some American officials, such as Vice President Richard Nixon, believed that Castro was leaning perilously toward communism……(Castro did not publicly proclaim his adherence to communism until late-1961, when he declared that he was a “Marxist-Leninist”.) In March 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the CIA to begin training Cuban exiles to overthrow Castro’s regime…..When the United States suspended the import of Cuban sugar in 1960, Castro’s government turned to the Soviet Union for economic assistance…..The Russians were happy to oblige. While in NYC, Castro and his entourage caused a sensation by deciding to stay at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem, and while there, Castro met with a number of African-American leaders, including Malcolm X and the poet Langston Hughes……..On September 26, Castro delivered a blistering attack on what he termed American “aggression&imperialism For over four hours, Castro lambasted U.S. policy toward Cuba and other nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Castro’s visit and lengthy public denunciation marked the final breaking point in relations between the U.S. and Cuba. #FidelCastro #UN #UNGA #Cuba #AceHistoryNews

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