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  • Fidel tours the Isle of Pines accompanied by the American writer Waldo Frank to show him the public works undertaken in the region.
  • He appears on the Economic Commentary programme on Channel 4 of CMBF-TV and he clears up several points in the economic programme of the Revolutionary Government.


  • He has a second meeting with Gamal Adbel Nasser, President of the United Arab Republic.  
  • He makes press statements where he declares that he is a friend of the American people, but not a friend of the trust companies and monopolies controlling the economy, and of the Latin American press, and he adds: "Cuba is going to vote in the UN for the independence of Algeria, for the preservation of the independence of the Congo and in support of the Lumumba government, as well as for the entry into this body of the Peoples Republic of China."
  • He departs from New York to return to Havana.  When he arrives in the Cuban capital, he is received with a great welcome by the people.  In the vicinity of the Presidential Palace, a huge welcome ceremony is organized.  He makes his historic speech in which he proposes the creation of the CDRs (Committees for the Defence of the Revolution) while firecrackers go off around him throughout the ceremony.


  • Addressing the First Assembly of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution, held in Revolution Square. 

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