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  • Revolutionary Fidel Castro drives dictator Fulgencio Batista from power in Cuba.
  • The United States gain a fiftieth state: Hawaii. The British, Greeks and Turks sign an agreement for the island of Cyprus to become independent.
  • Détente in the Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev visits the United States.
  • The arrival of new president General Charles de Gaulle at the Élysée marks the beginning of the 5th French republic.

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