Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful revolt against the Batista regime
Castro leads a 9,000-strong guerrilla army into Havana, forcing Batista to flee. Castro becomes prime minister
In 1961 the United States sent trained Cuban exiles to Cuba to try and overthrow Fidel Castro's government. They failed miserably. The invasion is considered part of the Cold War because the United States was trying to prevent communism from taking hold in the Americas
Bay of Pigs
The United States establishes a permanent trade embargo, which prohibits American ships from trading in all foreign ports against Cuba in response to Cuba's shooting down of two US aircraft operated by Miami-based Cuban exiles.