It was a deal 18 months in the making between two countries less than 100 miles apart but burdened with 50 years of estrangement that seemed to be set in stone.
The agreement agreement to renew ties was sealed with a 45-minute phone conversation between the leaders of Cuba and the U.S, the first communication of this sort since 1961.
In their simultaneous announcements, both presidents told their respective nations that they would normalize ties.
The rapprochement was signal that while some structures from the Cold War era remain well into the 21st Century, the world continues to change and evolve.
The momentous occasion brought back memories of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Elian Gonzalez controversy — events that have shaped not only the history of the two nations, but also the world.
America’s Now Correspondent Nathan King reported this special package on renewed ties between the United States and Cuba.