1898-1933: US control and influence until revolution.

1934: US encouraged take over.

1944: Grau San Martin President.

1952: US backs dictatorship.

1956: Guerrilla war.

1959: Castro leads revolution.

1959 onwards: US embargo and attacks.

1961: US directed invasion fails.

1962: Cuban Missile Crisis.

1965: Cuba aids Congo rebels.

1976-1981: Cuba aids Angola rebels and Ethiopia.

1976: Cubana airliner blown up.

1991: Soviet advisers leave Cuba.

1998: Cuba provides medical aid.

2000: US allows food and medicine.

2002: Torture at Guantanamo.

2006: Castro ill.

2007: US frees terrorist. UN votes against US sanctions again.