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Castro, Cuban revolutionary who defied U.S., dies at 90 (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century, died on Friday. He was 90.

About Fidel Castro:
July 26, 1953:
Launched his revolutionary fight by attacking the military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago. Was arrested, but later freed under an amnesty deal. Travelled to Mexico to form a rebel army, and returned to Cuba with followers aboard small yacht. Most were killed or captured, but Castro and a small group escaped into eastern mountain strongholds

Jan. 1, 1959: Castro’s rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba.

June 1960: Cuba nationalises U.S.-owned oil refineries after they refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other U.S. businesses nationalised by October.

October 1960: Washington bans exports to Cuba, other than food and medicine.

April 16, 1961: Castro declares Cuba socialist state.

April 17, 1961: Bay of Pigs: CIA-backed Cuban exiles stage a failed invasion.

Feb, 7, 1962: Washington bans all Cuban imports.

October 1962: U.S. blockade forces removal of Soviet nuclear missiles from Cuba. U.S. President John F. Kennedy agrees privately not to invade Cuba.

March 1968: Castro’s government takes over almost all private businesses.

December 1991: Collapse of Soviet Union devastates the Cuban economy.

Feb. 19, 2008: Castro resigns as President.

November 25, 2016: Castro dies

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