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US Government Prohibits All Exports to Cuba

Before 1960, the US and Cuba shared strong economic ties, trading heavily in sugar and tobacco. When Fidel Castro rose to power and Cuba expropriated many American-owned land holdings, the US took action, enforcing countermeasures such as the 1960 prohibition of all exports to Cuba. In 1962, the US imposed a commercial, financial, and economic embargo on Cuba, and it remains one of the most enduring trade embargos in modern history. How did the US embargo impact Cuban relations with the USSR?



Art Forgery

Forgeries have been part of the art market for more than 2,000 years and date back to Roman times, when sculptors created copies of Greek works. It has since become increasingly difficult to pass off forgeries as originals, as sophisticated new dating and analysis techniques threaten to expose even the most ingenious forgers. Some exposed forgers have gone on to sell their fakes as copies, gaining fame in their own right. What forger's works became so valuable that they themselves were forged?

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Cassius Marcellus Clay

Clay, nicknamed "The Lion of Whitehall," was an American politician who made a name for himself as an outspoken abolitionist and the publisher of the True American antislavery newspaper. He survived repeated assassination attempts and beatings by mobs, and he was instrumental in convincing President Abraham Lincoln to adopt the Emancipation Proclamation. As the US minister to Russia, Clay helped negotiate the Alaska Purchase. What world-famous boxer was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.?

Last updated on Monday, 19th October 2009

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