This Day in History: 5/13

BY KEHINDE OLALEYE

On this day in history, in 1958, then-Vice-President Richard M. Nixon was attacked by an angry mob of Latin Americans while he was on vacation. The members of the mob were angry with many of America’s Cold War policies, and their attack on the Vice President would demonstrate the strained nature of relations between the U.S. and the nations of Latin America which existed during the period. The people of Latin America complained that America was more interested in combating communism than in assisting in the development of burgeoning nations, and were critical of the fact that more effort was being placed into providing these nations with arms to combat potential communist advances than in working to develop healthy national infrastructures.