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The last US president to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge, 88 years ago.
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Photos: A brief timeline of Obama’s historic jaunt to Cuba

By Loubna Mrie

On March 20, US president Barack Obama landed in Cuba with his family, becoming the first US president to visit Cuba since 1928. He urged the island’s residents to let hostile bygones be bygones—“I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War,” he told crowds at the Gran Teatro in Havana on Mar. 21.

Below, see photos of his historic trip:

March 20: Air Force One carrying the Obama family flies over Havana.

Reuters/Alberto Reyes

Watching for a glimpse of the US president during his visit to Cathedral Square in Old Havana.

AP/Rebecca Blackwell

March 21: Obama meets with Cuban entrepreneurs.

REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

Cubans line the road to see Obama make his way to a meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro.

Reuters/Carlos Barria
Reuters/Carlos Barria

A Cuban man waiting in the rain for the presidential convoy to pass by.

AP/Rebecca Blackwell

Obama arrives at the Palacio de la Revolucion in Havana.

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Obama arrives at the Palacio de la Revolucion in Havana.

Obama and Castro at a news conference.

Reuters/Carlos Barria
Reuters/Carlos Barria

Michelle Obama with Cuban students at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano.

Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino
Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Not everyone appreciated the diplomatic gesture—also on March 21, people in Little Havana, Miami, protested Obama’s visit.

Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Reuters/Carlo Allegri

March 22: Cuban choreographer Alicia Alonso receives applause before Obama’s arrival at the Gran Teatro in Havana.

EPA/Michael Reynolds

Castro and Obama attend an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.

EPA/Michael Reynolds

The Cuban national team and kids as the Cuban national anthem plays.

EPA/Michael Reynolds

Heading home on Air Force One.

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