After more than 50 years of cold-war-era sanctions, the U.S. flies its flag over a newly opened embassy, marking the beginning of new diplomatic relations.
President John F. Kennedy speaks during a televised speech to the nation about the strategic blockade of Cuba, and his warning to the Soviet Union about missile sanctions, during the Cuban missile crisis on October 24, 1962 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)
Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015. The Marine guard of the newly reopened U.S. embassy in Cuba raised the flag over the building Friday for the first time in 54 years, marking the end of the countries' Cold War standoff. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)
Political activist Angela Davis salutes Cuban workers with her hard hat in October 1972 during her visit to Cuba. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry watches as Marines raise the American flag at the U.S. Embassy on August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Kerry will visited the reopened embassy, the first time an American secretary of state has visited Cuba since 1945, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Cars are parked along a narrow street as pedestrians walk in the shade in Havana, Cuba, 1950s. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A Cuban policeman patrols the surroundings of the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 13, 2015, a day before Kerry arrived in Cuba for re-opening the embassy. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)
Photograph taken in the 1960s of Cuban president Fidel Castro during a speech. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI meets with former Cuban President Fidel Castro at the Vatican embassy on March 29, 2012 in Havana, Cuba. (L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images)
Writer Ernest Hemingway awards three trophies to Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro after a fishing contest in Cuba in 1960. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beyonce leaves the Saratoga Hotel in Havana on April 5, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Havana residents browse through Angel Aguilera's book stand on a street of the Cuban capital on November 16, 1993. Paper, which was imported from the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe countries, was scarce, forcing Cuban printing plants to reduce the publication of new titles. Cubans turned to street vendors to satisfy their literary needs. (Adelberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)
Outdoor booksellers display posters of former Cuban President Fidel Castro on his birthday in the old part of the city. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Worshippers carrying a statue of Saint Lazarus from church to church on an procession in Havana, Cuba, 1950. (Three Lions/Getty Images)
Adrian Serrano gets a little help from his nieces while preparing a caldosa, a communal stew, over an open fire on the street in honor of former President Fidel Castro's birthday on August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A mass rally in Revolution Square, Havana, Cuba, to pay tribute to twenty four Cubans who were killed during the American invasion of Grenada. (Miguel Vinas/Getty Images)
A bus with the Cuban and U.S. flags is seen on a beach in Havana on August 12, 2015. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)
The Gondar family leaving Havana's Coney Island theme park, 1955. (Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)
Cubans stand in line for hours outside an ETECSA state-run telecommunication store to add credit to their mobile phone accounts or activate mobile email in the old part of the city on August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, who insisted on having a turn batting at the opening of a baseball tournament in Havana. (Keystone/Getty Images)
Kids play stickball on the street on May 7, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. In the evening, the streets of Havana are filled with children playing all different sports. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The neo-baroque Gran Teatro in Havana, December 1979. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedicabs and 1950-era American cars mix in front of the Gran Teatro de La Habana, or the Grand Theater on January 19, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Butler Wright, U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, is greeted by Senor Dr. Pedro Martinez Fraga, Cuban Ambassador, as he arrived at the Cuban Embassy on July 15, 1937. (Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress)
Kerry shakes hands with Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla during a meeting in Havana on August 14, 2015. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)
The crowd at a mass meeting at Jose Marti Revolution Square, Havana, at which the Second Declaration of Havana was read by Cuban revolutionary and prime minister Fidel Castro and passed, February 19, 1962. (Keystone/Getty Images)
View of the US flag raised over the U.S. Embassy building in Havana on August 14, 2015. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sarah Gibbens is a producer on National Journal's audience development team. She previously worked as a digital media fellow at The Podesta Group and as a writer for San Antonio-based newspaper The Rivard Report. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she was the editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Paisano.
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