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1960: The United States imposes a partial economic embargo on Cuba that excludes food and medicine. President Kennedy later expands the embargo to include imports of goods made from or containing Cuban materials.
1963: Kennedy prohibits travel to Cuba and bars U.S. financial and commercial transactions with Cuba. President Carter lifts that ban in 1975.
1982: The Reagan administration reestablishes the travel ban and prohibits U.S. citizens from spending money in Cuba.
1990: U.S. Congress passes the Mack Amendment, banning all trade with Cuba by U.S. subsidiaries located outside the the United States and proposes sanctions on any country that buys products from Cuba.
1992: President Bush signs the Cuban Democracy Act, which prohibits foreign-based subsidiaries of U.S. companies from trading with Cuba, travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens and family remittances to Cuba. The law allows private groups to deliver food and medicine to Cuba.
1996: President Clinton signs the Helms-Burton Act, which imposes penalties on foreign companies doing business in Cuba.
2001: The Cuba Policy Foundation releases a poll in which a majority of Americans are said to support the idea of doing business with Cuba and allowing travel to the island.
2003: For the 12th consecutive year, the United Nations votes to lift the trade embargo, 179 to 3.