When most Americans awoke on January 1, 1959, it was a seemingly ordinary day bearing with it the usual, ordinary routines. Few could have imagined, however, that the day’s events would bring about drastic change for the Cuban government; a change that would not only dramatically alter the lives of the Cuban people, it would serve to impose an enormous threat to United States’ interests and its national security. To many Americans, January 1 simply marked a new year in time. Yet, in Cuba, it was a day that a band of revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, overthrew the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista and seized Havana. While it was a day that Cuba would succumb to the political, social, and economic control of Fidel Castro, it was time that spawned enormous friction between the United States and the Cuban government. Inasmuch as this friction led America to an intense confrontation with the Cuban government, one might be led t...