07.02.

1962: Kennedy Orders 1,200 Cigars from Cuba just before the Embargo

1962: Kennedy Orders 1,200 Cigars from Cuba just before the Embargo
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The American embargo on the import and export of products from Cuba was introduced on this day in 1962, as a response to Castro’s nationalization of the property of United States citizens in Cuba.

On this day in 1962 the USA imposed the embargo on the import and export of products from Cuba. It was a reaction to Castro’s nationalization of the property of United States citizens in Cuba.

Namely, Castro’s revolutionary forces defeated the regime of Fulgencio Batista in Cuba back in late 1958 and the beginning of 1959, and stood at the head of the state. This development did not agree with the Americans because they had significant investments in Cuba.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the President of the USA. It is interesting that he, just on the eve of the declaration of an embargo on the import and export of products from Cuba, secured himself a big stash of Cuban cigars. In fact, he even ordered 1,200 pieces from his favorite cigar manufacturer – H. Upmann. As a matter of fact, Kennedy’s secretary Pierre Salinger returned from Cuba with 1,201 H. Upmann Petit cigars just before the embargo was imposed.

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