The Cuban Flag Is Now Flying in D.C. It Was Never Supposed to Take This Long. 

On Jan. 3, 1961, just before the end of his final term as president, Dwight Eisenhower announced that he was taking the dramatic step of severing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba. The relationship between the two governments had been steadily declining since Fidel Castro had ousted Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, with Castro moving closer to the Soviet Union, nationalizing U.S.-owned businesses, and publicly alleging—correctly, as it turned out—that the U.S. was plotting to...

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