Cuba is holding a rare Communist Party congress this weekend that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, a disaster for the United States but what Fidel Castro terms a "victory over American imperialism." The event is being marked with fanfare in Havana.
Lawmakers in the state senate are set to take a final vote on whether illegal immigrants can receive in state college tuition as early as today. The measure failed in the Democratic controlled senate two years ago, but it appears poised to pass the chamber this time around.
Fifty years ago Sunday, a brigade of around 1,500 CIA-trained soldiers stormed the beach in Cuba's Bay of Pigs. It was the opening phase of a secret mission to overthrow Fidel Castro and, President John F. Kennedy hoped, halt the spread of communism throughout the world.
Things did not go as planned.
"I think the thing that you have to keep in mind when you ask yourself, 'How did this ever happen?' is the extraordinary fear of communism in the late 50s and early 60s," writer Jim Rasenberger tells NPR's Noah Adams.
At midnight on Aug. 5, 1962, Jamaicans hauled down the Union Jack for the last time, and raised the new colors — black, gold and green — of independent Jamaica.
In the capital, Kingston, 20,000 people gathered in the newly opened National Stadium to bid farewell to British rule. It was a grand and hopeful time. Britain's Princess Margaret attended the festivities, along with Lyndon B. Johnson, then the vice president of the United States.