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Fidel Castro greets baseball great Jackie Robinson at the Overseas Press Club luncheon.

Fidel Castro greets baseball great Jackie Robinson at the Overseas Press Club luncheon.

In 1962 the world was on edge, worried that the Cuban missile crisis -- a standoff between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union -- could end in nuclear war.

Cuban missile crisis, 1962 - Photos - A look back at the Cuban Missile Crisis

In 1962 the world was on edge, worried that the Cuban missile crisis -- a standoff between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union -- could end in nuclear war.

Celebrated Mexican photographer brings Che and street children to his New York debut. TIMED to coincide with their participation in the Winter Antiques Show, from January 10 to March 3 Throckmorton Fine Art, who for 25 years have championed Latin American artists and are still the only New York gallery to specialise in contemporary Latin American photographers, hold the first show in the city dedicated to the celebrated 77-year-old Mexican photographer Rodrigo Moya...

Celebrated Mexican photographer brings Che and street children to his New York debut. TIMED to coincide with their participation in the Winter Antiques Show, from January 10 to March 3 Throckmorton Fine Art, who for 25 years have championed Latin American artists and are still the only New York gallery to specialise in contemporary Latin American photographers, hold the first show in the city dedicated to the celebrated 77-year-old Mexican photographer Rodrigo Moya...

vintage everyday: Fidel Castro visits New York, 1959

vintage everyday: Fidel Castro visits New York, 1959

Fidel Castro has his beard touched during a visit to his hotel by youngsters who attended a Queens school with his son. The boy was secretly living here while his father led the Cuban revolution. The kids are (l. to r.): Gene Wolf, Kathy Johnston, Kathy Tableman, David Friedlander, Karen Leland and Robert Boyle on April 24, 1959.

Fidel Castro in New York City, 1959 - Photos - Fidel Castro does New York

Fidel Castro has his beard touched during a visit to his hotel by youngsters who attended a Queens school with his son. The boy was secretly living here while his father led the Cuban revolution. The kids are (l. to r.): Gene Wolf, Kathy Johnston, Kathy Tableman, David Friedlander, Karen Leland and Robert Boyle on April 24, 1959.

In 1959, Fidel Castro came to New York, hired a public relations firm, ate hot dogs, kissed ladies like a rock star, and held babies.     Here, Gladys Feijoo, 19-year-old Miss La Prensa of 1959, kisses Fidel Castro as he signs his autograph for her collection on April 22, 1959.

Fidel Castro in New York City, 1959 - Photos - Fidel Castro does New York

In 1959, Fidel Castro came to New York, hired a public relations firm, ate hot dogs, kissed ladies like a rock star, and held babies. Here, Gladys Feijoo, 19-year-old Miss La Prensa of 1959, kisses Fidel Castro as he signs his autograph for her collection on April 22, 1959.

Untitled, from the series Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), 2000, by Mar’a Magdalena Campos-Pons.

This is the real Cuba: a timeline of gripping photography since the 50s

Untitled, from the series Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), 2000, by Mar’a Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Fidel Castro is all smiles at Columbia University on April 22, 1959.

Fidel Castro in New York City, 1959 - Photos - Fidel Castro does New York

Fidel Castro is all smiles at Columbia University on April 22, 1959.

Army Col. David Parker uses enlarged aerial photos of Soviet missile sites in Cuba to point out bases as Soviet representative Valerian Zorin and others look on at the United Nations in 1962

United Nations during the Cuban missile crisis, 1962 - Photos - A look back at the Cuban Missile Crisis

Army Col. David Parker uses enlarged aerial photos of Soviet missile sites in Cuba to point out bases as Soviet representative Valerian Zorin and others look on at the United Nations in 1962

An enormous crowd, estimated at 35,000, waited behind police barricades at Central Park for a glimpse of Fidel Castro. Some 1,000 cops were on hand to keep order.

Fidel Castro in New York City, 1959 - Photos - Fidel Castro does New York

An enormous crowd, estimated at 35,000, waited behind police barricades at Central Park for a glimpse of Fidel Castro. Some 1,000 cops were on hand to keep order.

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