As far as I know, they're still illegal, ever since the US imposed an economic BLOCKADE on the Cuban people. It was not an "embargo" which makes it sound like some kind of biscotti, it was a BLOCKEO ECONOMICO, economic genocide.
It is illegal now.....
They were LEGAL until the Cuban embargo. They can easily be had in S Florida and NYC....
I'm pretty sure it still is. When I was smoking cigars, in the 1980s-90s, it was very difficult to get them. A friend brought me one from Switzerland.
After the Cuban embargo in the 1960's, I think has been illegal
In the 50's it was.
It started after the bay of pigs deal. You are right.
The Cuban Revolution happened on New Year's Eve 1959. It was in the 1960s that they became illegal.
The story is that before JFK made them illegal, he imported several thousand for himself and had them kept in a walk-in humidor in NYC.
Doesn't get much later! I forget exactly when the Cuban Embargo began, maybe 1961.
Only since the Cuban embargo 50 years ago...