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From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba
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Posted Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM

1959 – After years of fighting, succeeds in overthrowing
the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista. Castro launches a
series of reforms, including the nationalization of private property and
business and improvements to , and infrastructure.
1960 – The U.S. imposes an on all exports to Cuba except
and medicine.
1961 – Around 12,000 Cuban exiles backed by the CIA land in the Bay of
Pigs in a bid to overthrow the Castro government. The invasion fails
almost immediately and Cuba eventually sends more than 1,100 captured
militants back to the U.S. in exchange for $53 million in food and medicine.
2008 – An ailing Fidel Castro announces his resignation as .
His brother, Raul, takes over, promising in his inauguration speech to
lift some restrictions on . The same year, Cubans are allowed to
use cellphones and send text messages for the first time.
2010 – announces the elimination of 500,000 government jobs
and promises to allow more private business licenses, signaling a shift
toward a more significant private .
2011 – Cuba legalizes private sale of homes and used cars for the first
time in half a century. President Barack Obama loosens restrictions on
to Cuba.
2013 – Cuba ends a longstanding policy requiring any citizen wishing to
travel abroad to obtain a government permit and letter of invitation.
Cuban passports are still expensive, though, leaving them out of reach
for many.
2014 – Cuba and the U.S. agree to exchange prisoners, re-establish
economic ties and begin easing some elements of the embargo. Cuba takes
steps to open the country for foreign .
2015 – Cuban and the U.S. reopen embassies in each other’s countries.
2016 – Fidel Castro dies at the age of 90.
2017 – U.S. ends the “wet-foot-dry-foot” policy that had allowed Cuban
exiles who reached American soil to seek permanent residency.
2018 – Raul Castro is due to step down as president. His expected
successor, Miguel DÍaz-Cane, was born the year following the Cuban
Revolution.

Source: From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba –
www.patriotledger.com/news/20170324/from-revolution-to-raul-brief-history-of-cuba

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