Timeline: 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis October 9 President Kennedy orders a U-2 reconnaissance flight over western Cuba, but the mission is delayed by inclement weather. October 14 Resuming the previously scrubbed mission, a US Air Force U-2 plane flying over western Cuba discovers missile sites. Photographs obtained by this reconnaissance operation provide conclusive evidence that […]

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Fidel Castro JFK Assassination Suspects – Fidel Castro During the 1950s, the Caribbean island nation of Cuba was run by US-backed military dictator and president, Fulgencio Batista. In 1959, rebel leader Fidel Castro banded together with his brother Raul Castro and friend Che Guevera to stage a revolution. Castro successfully overthrew Batista, and began his […]

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On April 21, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald engages in a debate on WDSU radio with an anti-Communist council member, and a Cuban refugee. Fair Play for Cuba – Oswald’s Lies At the start, the moderators introduce their guests, and give an overview of Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Bill Stuckey outlines its […]

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On August 17, 1963, three months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald is interviewed on ‘Latin Listening Post,’ a WDSU radio program hosted by William K. Stuckey. Fair Play for Cuba – What We Do Oswald earns much-craved notoriety after being arrested for disturbing the peace in New Orleans. He […]

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The Martin Agency created this poster series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s first year in office. To commemorate the diversity of the key events from that single tumultuous year, each poster incorporated the same photo of JFK, overprinted with a different woodblock illustration. As one of his first presidential acts, Kennedy […]

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Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy imposed travel restrictions on February 8, 1963, and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations were issued on July 8, 1963. The sanctions came under the Trading with the Enemy Act in response to Fidel Castro’s Cubans hosting Soviet nuclear weapons. Under these restrictions, Cuban assets in the U.S. were frozen […]

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51 years ago today, the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba was launched under the unofficial authority of President Kennedy. From the outset of his presidency, Kennedy yearned for Castro to be removed from power. JFK subscribed to the Domino Theory, which argued that if a country fell to communism, its neighbors would follow. […]

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