Friday, September 30, 2011

The way we were...Castro closes last Cuban casino

Fifty years ago.....

From the Miami News, Sept. 29, 1961:
HAVANA (AP) - The last of Havana's gambling casinos closed down quietly within minutes after Fidel Castro had announced his government is cleaning up the city, once wide open.

Addressing a huge rally at Havana's Square of the Revolution, the prime minister promised measures to rehabilitate Havana's prostitutes and drive out white slave racketeers.

He warned dealers in the vice they face stiff penalties and told them to "go to Miami if they want. We will even pay their plane tickets." This was greeted with cheers.
Also on page one of the paper that day: How to survive a hydrogen bomb attack.

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