A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

CUBA

Tue, 16 Apr '24
Starting point for a record-setting swim in 2023's "Nyad"
Sat, 25 Mar '23
Home to the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, which measures just 2.25"
Sun, 12 Mar '23
Hemingway's home for over 20 years
Thu, 19 Jan '23
Isla de la Juventud locale
Mon, 24 Oct '22
Actor Gooding Jr.
Mon, 21 Mar '22
Havana is its capital
Thu, 9 Dec '21
Home of the 62-Down hummingbird, the world's smallest bird