When Castro Won a Hemingway-Sponsored Fishing Tournament in May 1960

In 1939, Ernest Hemingway purchased a home in Cuba, ten miles from Havana, in the village San Francisco de Paula. The “Finca VigĂ­a” (the “lookout house”) was a place of retreat. It was there where he wrote seven of his books, including “The Old Man and the Sea”. Despite living on and off in Cuba…

Fear as a Political Weapon and the Death of Joseph McCarthy

On this day, May 2, 1957, Joseph McCarthy, the controversial U.S. Senator, dies at the age of 48 due to alcohol-related illnesses (probably cirrhosis of the liver). Mccarthy was notorious for his anti-communist rhetoric and for making deceitful, biased and insubstantial accusations towards his political opponents, charging them with subversion and philo-communism. This practice would…