On Friday, Former Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Castro led a rebel army gaining victory in 1959.
In 1976, he obtained power, implementing a Soviet-style communistic dictatorship.
In 2008, Castro resigned from his dictatorial position as Cuban President. In April of 2011, he then stepped down as leader of the Cuban Communist Party.
“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said, according to BBC.
- 1926: Born in the south-eastern Oriente Province of Cuba
- 1953: Imprisoned after leading an unsuccessful rising against Batista’s regime
- 1955: Released from prison under an amnesty deal
- 1956: With Che Guevara, begins a guerrilla war against the government
- 1959: Defeats Batista, sworn in as prime minister of Cuba
- 1961: Fights off CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban exiles
- 1962: Sparks Cuban missile crisis by agreeing that USSR can deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba
- 1976: Elected president by Cuba’s National Assembly
- 1992: Reaches an agreement with US over Cuban refugees
- 2008: Stands down as president of Cuba due to health issues
Castro brought communism to Cuba and outlasted ten United States presidents. Ironically, the man who fought for communism his entire life, died on capitalists’ Black Friday.