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In 1960, a cow got hit by a chunk of falling U.S. satellite in Cuba.

In 1960, a cow got hit by a chunk of falling U.S. satellite in Cuba.

With the tension at the time between the two countries, this was seen as a way of taking a dig at the U.S. so a cow was paraded through the streets with a sign reading “Eisenhower, you murdered one of my sisters”.

An 80‐foot high Thor Able Star rocket blasted aloft from Cape Canaveral on Nov. 30, 1960 and streaked into the stratosphere to the southeast, headed on course to place in orbit a Navy navigation satellite and a smaller spacecraft to monitor solar radiation. Two and a half minutes later, trouble developed in the rocket's second stage and the range safety officer beamed a command to the vehicle that blew it up — all over Cuba's Oriente Province, just north of the American base at Guantanamo Bay.

President Fidel Castro branded the accident as “further evidence of Yankee aggression,” announcing that the fragments had splattered over a wide area and killed a cow. Five days later, 300 students at Havana University — accompanied by cows and bulls — demonstrated in front of the United States Embassy, demanding compensation for the accident and chanting “With cows or without cows the revolution will win.”


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