Saturday, November 26, 2016

The life of Fidel Castro....Passed away at 90

Images from the life of Fidel Castro, the revolutionary who seized power in Cuba and held it for nearly 50 years.

Cuban former President Fidel Castro gives a speech, on September 3, 2010, at Havana's University.

The caption describing Fidel Castro in his 1945 high school yearbook reads: "Distinguished student and a fine athlete. Very popular. Will study law and we have no doubt he will have a brilliant future."
Fidel Castro was born in 1926 to a wealthy sugar planter. He turned to revolutionary politics as a young man.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro spekas to supporters Jan. 8, 1959 at the Batista military base Columbia, now known as Ciudad Libertad
After two years in jail for mounting a failed coup, he went into exile in Mexico. He returned in 1956 and his revolutionary movement took hold. Castro finally assumed power in Cuba on New Year's Day, 1959, after ousting Fulgencio Batista.

Fidel Castro jumps from a tank as he arrives at Giron, Cuba, near the Bay Of Pigs
In 1961, Castro led his troops against 1,500 Cuban exiles. The exiles were supported by the CIA, who landed in the Bay of Pigs in a bid to oust his government.

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (right) pictured in the 1960s during a meeting next to Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, born in Argentina, became a key figure in Cuba's revolution alongside Castro - and a left-wing hero. The pair are pictured in the 1960s.

President John Kennedy in the dramatic showdown over missile bases in Cuba Nov. 1, 1962
Perhaps Castro's biggest test came in 1962, when US President Kennedy warned him to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba.

Fidel Castro shown in file photo dated May 1963 holding the hand of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during an offical visit to Moscow
In the end, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Castro removed the missiles, and the threat of nuclear war was averted.

Fidel Castro takes his turn at bat during a baseball game held at a teachers school in the Sierra Maestra area of Cuba
Fidel Castro had a particular love of baseball. Here he is seen playing here at a teachers' college in the Sierra Maestra in 1962.

Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses the Confederation of Cuban Workers union (CTC) 28 January 1990 in Havana
Many liberal Cubans considered him an oppressive dictator.

Cuban rafters leave Havana's coast
Thousands fled their homeland for the US, often on dangerous makeshift rafts.

Castro in his office in Havana looking at photographs of the 1959 uprising.; Copyright Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos
But Fidel Castro retained enough public support to become one of the world's longest-serving leaders.

Born: August 13, 1926, Birán, Cuba

Died: November 25, 2016, aged 90 yrs, Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba

Resigned: February 24, 2008

Children:  seven sons and one daughter ( who sought asylum in the United States)

Siblings: Raúl Castro, Juanita Castro, Ramón Castro Ruz,
He governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.


  1. Most of Castro's own people hated him , they are dancing in the streets .
    Castor's kids sought asylum in the US to get away from him .
    Castro was a bully like Putin that got his way at any cost .
    I think we may be in for the same thing or someone one may get whacked ... I am not calling no names , the good was whacked so why not the bad Hahahaha!!!
    Good post
    Love PIC

    1. I left you a small note on WAG (Saturday) did you get it ?
      Your friend PIC

  2. Thanks PIC
    Got your note. I heard Miami's Little Cuba is one big party. I hope things change for the better in that country now. Not often a death of a leader is celebrated like that. Hope you are all feeling great
    Love PIC


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