Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February 24 / A Day in Cuban History

On February 24, 1895, the Second War for Cuban Independence began. Numerous demonstrations were planned throughout Cuba, but many were forestalled when Spanish authorities arrested prominent agitators. Those demonstrations that did occur sparked within a few days uprisings throughout the island.

"Cuban Rebel Is Visited ...The secrecy they attached to their efforts collapsed on February 24, 1957, when the New York Times published the first of a three-part series on Fidel in the Sierra Maestra, reported by Herbert Matthews under the front-page headline, "Cuban Rebel Is Visited in Hideout." By sneaking Matthews into and out of the mountains, past army checkpoints, Castro had won his first public relations battle, as he would most subsequent ones until recently.

On February 24, 1996, Cuban MIGS shot down two unarmed, civilian aircraft of the Brothers-to-the-Rescue organization in international airspace. Cuba's callous disregard for human life resulted in the murder of four individuals and outraged all Americans.

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