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Fidel Castro Born - 1926

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fidel Castro was born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz on this day, August 13th, 1926, near Birán, S Cuba.

He was a revolutionary, premier of Cuba (1959-76) and president of the Council of State and of the Council of Ministers (1976- to date). As a student leader and lawyer, Castro opposed the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar.

On July 26, 1953, he led an unsuccessful attack on an army post in Santiago de Cuba and was imprisoned. Released in 1955 during a general amnesty, he went to Mexico where he organized the 26th of July movement. In Dec., 1956, he landed in SW Oriente prov. with a small group of rebels. Castro and 11 others, including his brother Raúl and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, survived the initial encounter and hid in the mountains of the Sierra Maestra. There, they organized a guerrilla campaign that eventually toppled the Batista regime on Jan. 1, 1959.


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