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  • Partial Economic Embargo

    U.S. imposes a partial economic embargo on Cuba that excludes food and medicine.
  • Foreign Assistance Act

    The Foreign Assistance Act is amended to prohibit aid to "any country" that provides assistance to Cuba.
  • Travel to Cuba

    The Kennedy administration prohibits travel to Cuba and makes financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
  • Organization of American States

    The Organization of American States (OAS) votes to end political and economic sanctions against Cuba. This opens the way for each member nation to decide whether to have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba, which many had already established.
  • Families

    Cuban-Americans are permitted to visit their families in Cuba. More than 100,000 visit in the coming year.
  • Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as U.S. President, and institutes the most hostile policy against Cuba since the invasion at Bay of Pigs. Despite conciliatory signals from Cuba, the new U.S. administration announces a tightening of the embargo.
  • Travel to US

    U.S. President Reagan bans travel to the U.S. by Cuban government or Communist Party officials or their representatives. It also bars most students, scholars, and artists.
  • $100 Limit

    According to new regulations by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba can only spend a maximum of $100 per day.
  • Cuban Democracy Act

    U.S. Congressman Robert Torricelli introduces the Cuban Democracy Act, and says the bill is designed to "wreak havoc on the island."
  • Votes to end Embargo

    For the 3rd year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly for a measure to end the U.S. Embargo of Cuba. The vote is 101-2, with 48 abstentions, and only Israel votes with the U.S.
  • Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act

    President Clinton signs the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act (also known as the Helms-Burton Act) which imposes penalties on foreign companies doing business in Cuba, permits U.S. citizens to sue foreign investors who make use of American-owned property seized by the Cuban government, and denies entry into the U.S. to such foreign investors.
  • Changes to Embargo

    The Clinton administration announces changes to the embargo, which include:
    - Sales of some food and agricultural products to private individuals and non-governmental organizations,
    - An increase in the number of charter flights to Cuba,
    - Allows anyone (not just Cuban-Americans) to send up to $1,200 per year,
    - Allows major league team, the Baltimore Orioles, to arrange two exhibition games, on in Cuba, the other in the U.S., and
    - Increases the amount of money a U.S. visitor can spend on the i
  • Business in Cuba

    In Washington, the Cuba Policy Foundation releases a poll in which a majority of Americans are said to support the idea of doing business with Cuba and allowing travel to the island. Most agree with the decision to reunite Elián González with his father in Cuba.
  • Voting against embargo

    For the 10th consecutive time the United Nations votes to condemn the 4-decade-old trade embargo by a vote of 167 to 3, with three nations abstaining. Voting for the embargo: U.S., Israel and the Marshall Islands.
  • "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act"

    US Senator Michael B. Enzi introduces the "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act" on the floor of the senate: "If you keep on doing what you have always been doing," he says, "you are going to wind up getting what you already got. …We are not hurting the Cuban government; we are hurting the Cuban people. …It is time for a different policy."