Key dates in Fidel Castro's government in Cuba
Associated Press November 27, 2016
Key events in Cuba under Fidel Castro:
Jan. 1, 1959 — Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista
June 1960 — Cuba nationalizes U.S.-owned oil refineries after they
refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other U.S. businesses
expropriated by October.
October 1960 — Washington bans exports to Cuba, other than food and
April 16, 1961 — Castro declares Cuba socialist state.
April 17, 1961 — Bay of Pigs: CIA-backed Cuban exiles stage 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
March 1968 — Castro's government takes over almost all private businesses.
April 1980 — Mariel boatlift: Cuba says anyone can leave; some 125,000
December 1991 — Collapse of Soviet Union devastates Cuban economy.
August 1994 — Castro declares he will not stop Cubans trying to leave;
some 40,000 take to sea heading for United States.
March 18, 2003 — 75 Cuban dissidents sentenced to prison.
July 31, 2006 — Castro announces has had operation, temporarily cedes
power to brother Raul.
Feb. 19, 2008 — Castro resigns as president.
July 2010 — Castro re-emerges after years in seclusion, visiting a
scientific institute, giving a TV interview, talking to academics and
even taking in a dolphin show at the aquarium.
April 19, 2011 — Castro is replaced by his brother Raul as first
secretary of the Communist Party, the last official post he held. The
elder Castro made a brief appearance at the Congress, looking frail as a
young aide guided him to his seat.
April 19, 2016 —Castro delivers a valedictory speech at the Communist
Party's seventh Congress, declaring that "soon I'll be like all the
others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban
Communists will remain."
November 25, 2016 — Fidel Castro dies.
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