Timeline: U.S.-Cuba relations
January 1, 1959: U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba as Fidel Castro (R, waving) and his...more
April 16, 1961: Castro declares his revolution is socialist. The next day, CIA-backed Cuban exiles try to...more
October 1962: The United States discovers Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba, leading to a showdown with the...more
April-October 1980: Cuba allows 125,000 people to travel to the United States from the port of Mariel in what...more
December 1991: The Soviet Union, Cuba's biggest benefactor, collapses, touching off an economic crisis from...more
August-September 1994: More than 35,000 people leave Cuba in fragile boats, headed for the United States....more
March 1999: The Clinton administration approves a two-game exhibition series between the Baltimore Orioles and...more
September 1998: Five Cuban intelligence officers, known as the "Cuban Five," are arrested and later convicted...more
November 1999: Cuban child Elian Gonzalez is rescued from a capsized boat near the Florida coast, as he, his...more
2002: In the months after September 11, portions of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which opened in 1903, are...more
2004: Following George W. Bush's re-election, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declares Cuba to be one of...more
July 31, 2006: Fidel Castro, seen here being visited by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, provisionally turns...more
February 24, 2008: The National Assembly elects Raul Castro to formally replace the ailing Fidel....more
December 10, 2013: Barack Obama and Raul Castro shake hands at a state memorial service for Nelson Mandela....more
December 2014: Cuba releases Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years. Cuba convicted...more
2013: Cuban and U.S. officials begin secret talks brokered in part by Pope Francis, and hosted in Canada and...more
January 16, 2015: The United States rolls out a sweeping set of measures to significantly ease sanctions on...more
July 1, 2015: Barack Obama announces formal diplomatic relations will resume, with embassies reopening in...more
August 14, 2015: U.S. Marines raise the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years,...more
March 21, 2016: Barack Obama makes a historic trip to Cuba, the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since...more
August 31, 2016: The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than...more
June 16, 2017: President Donald Trump ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a...more
September 29, 2017: The United States cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than half and warned U.S....more
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