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