Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro

Born

8/13/1926, Birán, Oriente Province, Cuba

Birth Name

Fidel Castro Ruz

Gender

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Fidel Castro was the Cuban President since 1976 and served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, though both positions were relatively similar. While Fidel Castro has been accused of limiting free speech in Cuba and some credit his time in power to be due to…more

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  • Trivia

    • In September 1960, Castro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for a record-setting 4 and a half hours. He devotes 26 minutes to a tirade against his alleged mistreatment by New York City, and the remaining 4 hours denouncing the United States.

    • On Monday, June 25, 2007, Castro publicly accused American President George W. Bush for authorizing his assassination. He provided a redundant essay that gave little useful information. Castro's essay included President Ford's signing of a bill banning assassinations of foreign leaders. He also renounced rumors of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton plotting his assassination within this paper.

    • Being a left-handed pitcher at Havana University, Castro was given a tryout by the Washington Senators (now Minnesota Twins) baseball team; he was turned down.

    • Castro was voted Cuba's best all-around school athlete in 1944.

    • When a child, Castro threatened to burn down the house if his parents didn't let him attend school.

    • To be certain that he would not be arrested in Cuba again, Castro went into exile in Mexico in 1955. There, he formed the 26th of July Movement and invaded Cuba on January 1, 1956.

    • Peter Falk played a Castro-like character named Ramos Clemente on an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled The Mirror.

    • Fidel Castro's favorite major league baseball player was a pitcher for the Red Sox and Mets named Tracy Stallard.

    • Fidel Castro and his government have been accused of quarantining AIDS victims in concentration camps, along with various other individuals.

    • On October 20th, 2004, Fidel Castro fell off of a stage and broke his knee and arm, though he made a quick recovery.

    • Fidel Castro credits the successful defense of Cuba during the Bay of Pigs Invasion to his leadership.

    • Eduardo Chibás was one of Fidel Castro's earliest mentors, though he isn't mentioned in Cuban history in recent times because he was an avid anti-communist.

    • During his early tour of the United States, Fidel Castro met with Malcolm X, a historical figure involved in the Nation of Islam.

    • In 1950, Fidel Castro practicing law in a small partnership, though his clientele were mostly poor individuals.

    • On December 2nd, 1961, Fidel Castro announced that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba would adopt Communism.

    • During his trial in 1953, Fidel Castro gave his famous speech, entitled History Will Absolve Me.

    • On November 4th, 1975, Fidel Castro ordered Cuban troops to Angola, in order to help their people revolt against the UNITA forces. This action earned Fidel Castro the praise of Nelson Mandela.

    • Fidel Castro's doctors have speculated that he may live to be 140 years old, though they've provided little evidence to prove that.

    • Fidel Castro has been a strong critic of the United States; he feels that corporations within the United States have exploited developing nations and the citizens of such nations.

    • In a personal letter to Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro urged the Soviet Union to use nuclear weapons against the United States if Cuba were ever invaded by them.

    • When Fidel Castro visited the United States in 1959, he stayed in a very poor hotel in the center of Harlem, despite the fact that he was meeting with world leaders.

    • Fidel Castro is well known for the very long speeches he gives. However, he once fainted during a seven hour long speech he was giving.

    • Fidel Castro has only appeared on two Cuban stamps; both were created due to special circumstances.

    • Fidel Castro had two brothers, Ramón and Raúl, as well as a sister, Juanita. Juanita moved to the United States years ago.

    • When Fidel Castro visited the United States in 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet with him, so Fidel Castro spoke with Richard Nixon instead.

    • Fidel Castro is usually remembered in how he always wears a green military uniform and due to his large beard as well.

    • When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, Fidel Castro met him personally and they spent time together.

    • In 1953, Fidel Castro was imprisoned by the Cuban government for his attacks on their facilities. However, he was released after two years when Fulgencio Batista granted him amnesty.

    • On July 26th, 1953, Fidel Castro and his comrades attacked the Moncada Barracks, though the attack failed.

    • Fidel Castro was good friends with Che Guevara, another revolutionary hero.

    • When Pope John Paul II died in April 2005, Fidel Castro attended mass in the Pope's honor.

    • Fidel Castro once was a Roman Catholic when he was younger, though he has been an avid atheist for most of his life.

    • During the Cold War, the United States Government had attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro several times, though all attempts failed.

    • Fidel Castro has an estimated net worth of $550 million dollars, according to Forbes magazine.

    • Fidel Castro was heavily involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis when he worked with the Soviet Union to establish nuclear weapons on Cuban soil.

    • Fidel Castro's original rank in the Cuban government was Prime Minister; though his position changed to President in 1976, though both ranks hold the same power.

    • Fidel Castro became the leader of Cuba when he and his comrades defeated Fulgencio Batista's government forces in 1959.

    • Fidel Castro has requested that, upon his death, his brother Raúl Castro would become President of Cuba.

    • Fidel Castro's parents are Lina Ruz González and Ángel Castro.

    • Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro on January 3rd, 1962. However, Fidel Castro wasn't bothered by this that much because he hadn't been a Roman Catholic for years.

  • Quotes

    • Castro: Socialism or death!

    • Castro: The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs.

    • Castro: If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism.

    • Castro: In the Third World, there are 1.3 billion poor people. In other words, one out of every three inhabitants lives in poverty.

    • Castro: A revolution is not a bed of roses.

    • Castro: Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.

    • Castro: I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.

    • Castro: I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.

    • Castro: I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.

    • Castro: I would not vote for the mayor. It's not just because he didn't invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.

    • Castro: I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.

    • Castro: More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.

    • Castro: Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.

    • Castro: A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.

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  • I'm serious here! The guy caused a big spark in the Cold War, you know he's a vital part of history!

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    Fidel Castro... there's really not a way I can pinpoint what I want to say about him. People think he's the worst thing in modern North American history because he's a Communist. Sure, he may be a brutal dictator, but I think Cuba's economy could be far worse now if it had not have had Soviet backup for almost 30 years. The Cuban economy was sure to collapse anyhow under capitalism, as many Central American countries have. Castro's centralization of the government lead to maybe poverty, but since under communism, people allegedly have an equal distribution of wealth and work, people have had jobs. There will always be slums and poverty in the world, there is no exeception. You walk down the streets of any major American city, you'll see a homeless person. I think Castro is doing a good job keeping Cuba in shape, and the finding of oil off the Cuban coast will only strengthen his international influence. The oil companies will be drooling over his empire any day now for some of that oil.moreless
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