Today in World History: September 26th

Fidel Castro, President of the Caribbean nation of Cuba, declared his support for the USSR on this day in 1960. In the midst of the Cold War pitting Western Europe and America against the Soviet Union and its puppets, Castro saw a greater benefit in allying himself with Communist Russia, leading to increased tensions between Cuba and the U.S. and as a result, between America and the Soviet Union. Cuba’s support of Russia led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which missiles placed on Cuba by the USSR led to an embargo by America and the threat for nuclear war. The crisis ended with the dismantling of the missiles, but by the end of the Cold War, Communism was entrenched in Cuba, and remains their to this day, under the Castro family regime.

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