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Bay of Pigs invaders returned to Miami, Christmas, 1962
In the days before Christmas1962, wrote Miami Herald reporter Luisa Yanez, "1,113 Bay of Pigs fighters captured by Fidel Castro's forces and imprisoned for 20 months were finally released to a heroes' welcome in Miami. The first planeload of POWs arrived at Homestead Air Force Base on Dec. 23, 1962. Gaunt and feeling betrayed by the John F. Kennedy administration, members of the proud Brigade 2506 were bused to Dinner Key Auditorium, where waiting relatives engulfed them with hugs at a massive reunion that made front-page news. Five days later, JFK and his wife Jackie would be at the Orange Bowl to welcome them, too."
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October 25, 1983, the U.S. invades Grenada
At 5 a.m. on October 25, 1983, armed forces of the United States and allied nations invaded the Caribbean island nation of Grenada to displace Cuban forces there. International reaction was unfavorable and press coverage at the time left the impression that the invasion force met unexpected resistance, leading to confusion and unnecessary casualties on all sides. Today October 25 is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in Grenada to commemorate the invasion.
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Blue Marlin Fisheries, 1983
Blue Marlin Fisheries was a docking and socializing spot on the banks of the Oleta River for four and a half decades before it was threatened by the widening of the Sunny Isles Causeway.
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1985: Prisoner hijacks American Airlines flight to Cuba
Mass murderer Ishmael Ali LaBeet hijacked an American Airlines flight to Cuba on the eve of New Year's Day 1985.
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1993 escape to Guantanamo in homemade boat
It wouldn't pass Coast Guard inspection, but a boat made from a water tank and powered by a '57 Chevy engine was good enough to get 29 fleeing Cubans and their dog safely past communist patrols and into the U.S. Guantanamo Navy Base in 1993.
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Famous front pages and great events
Famous news events as seen on the front page of The Miami Herald.
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Miami Herald history
Landmarks in the history of The Miami Herald newspaper. Frank Stoneman published the first edition of The Miami Evening Record on September 15, 1903. It merged with The Miami Morning News, with the first edition of The Miami Morning News Record appearing on December 2, 1907. The last edition would be November 30, 1910 when it was replaced by a new newspaper, The Miami Herald. The Miami Herald continued to be printed in Miami until May, 2013, when its printing plant and office moved to Doral.
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War and remembrance, 1943
Ben Grenald helped recapture eight German POWs after a daring escape attempt into New York's Hudson River. Grenald went on to marry his sweetheart, Selma.
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Supreme Court declines to hear Cuban 5 appeal
A Cuban spy case that embodied lingering Cold War tensions between the United States and the island nation died in the U.S. Supreme Court June 15, 2009. The justices, without elaboration, chose not to hear the final appeal of the so-called Cuban Five. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, welcomed the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case during a news conference.
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Hijacked Cuban ship sailed to freedom in Miami in 1980
Sixty-six hungry, tired and tearful Cubans rode a leaky freedom ship through nine-foot seas to land in Miami Beach and were immediately granted conditional political asylum by U.S. officials. "I'm crying for happiness because I'm free," Mercedes Hurtado shouted to reporters as the Cinco de Diciembre docked.