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  • Fidel Castro transferred into the Jesuit-run El Colegio de Belén in Havana. Pictured here in his 1945 high school yearbook Fidel Castro (at the far right): "Our floral offering November 27 to slain revolutionary students.”
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  • Fidel Castro and Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado talking to Cuban medical staff who are going to Peru to help with the aftermath of an earthquake, circa 1950.
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  • Members of Fulgencio Batista's army reacted after the attack on the Moncada garrison by a group led by Fidel Castro, July 26, 1953. The Moncada assault gave way to the revolution led by Castro.
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  • Fidel Castro, second from the left, in 1953 following his arrest after he led an attack on the Moncada Barracks. Castro orchestrated the anti-Batista attack on the military barracks in Santiago de Cuba, seeing himself as an heir to Cuban independence leader Jose Marti. He is being deposed by military chief of the Moncada Garrison Colonel Chabiano, Chief of Police Major Jose Izquierdo, Lieutanant Sama and Lavastida, Head of the Regimental Intelligence Service (SIR) of Santiago de Cuba.
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  • In 1955, Fidel Castro was exiled to Mexico after spending 22 months in prison for the attack on the Moncada barracks.
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  • Guerrilla fighters who came to join Fidel Castro's armed forces were given firing instructions in the Sierra Maestra, a mountainous region in the heart of Cuba in 1956.
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  • Rebel leader Fidel Castro, center, following the ousting of Fulgencio Batista and announcement he would be tried as a war criminal, Jan. 1, 1959.
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  • Waving to an cheering crowd, Fidel Castro, surrounded by his rebel guards, arrived in Havana after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island, Jan. 8, 1959.
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  • Fidel Castro with fellow revolutionary rebels in Cuba 1959.
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  • Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his son Fidelito are reunited at the Hilton Hotel in Havana on Feb. 14, 1959.
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  • Four months after the revolution, Cuban leader, Fidel Castro meets Vice-President Richard Nixon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 19, 1959.
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  • Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro form the '26th of July Movement', named after the date of the Moncada Barracks assault, with Castro on Jan. 1, 1960, in Havana.
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  • Fidel Castro gives a speech to supporters in Cuba, circa 1960.
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  • At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Fidel Castro spoke on Sept. 28, 1960. His four-hour speech criticized U.S. policy toward Cuba and other Latin American countries. By this time, U.S.-Cuba relations were rapidly deteriorating. Less than a month later, the U.S. placed an embargo on exports to Cuba.
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  • Fidel Castro drives a tank during the invasion by Cuban exiles funded by the CIA at the Bay of Pigs, April 17, 1961, in Cuba.
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  • A group of Cuban counter-revolutionaries, members of Assault Brigade 2506, after their capture in the Bay of Pigs, in April 1961.
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  • Prime Minister Fidel Castro gives a radio and televised speech, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Oct. 22, 1962, in Havana.
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  • The United Nations Security Council during the Cuban missile crisis, New York, October 27, 1962. Nikita Khrushchev formed an agreement with Fidel Castro to build nuclear missile bases in Cuba. The discovery of the bases brought the United States to the brink of war with the Soviet Union.
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  • Cuban leader Fidel Castro with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during an official four-week visit to Moscow in May of 1963.
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  • Fidel Castro cutting sugar cane and talking with countrymen, Cuba, 1970.
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  • Cuban Prime Secretary of the Cuban Communist party and President of the State Council Fidel Castro greeting Chilean President Salvador Allende in Santiago, upon his arrival for a ten-day official visit to Chile, on Nov. 10, 1971.
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  • The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat, right, walks nearby Cuban leader Fidel Castro during his visit in Cuba in December 1974.
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  • In 1980, Fidel Castro opened up the Mariel port in Cuba for residents to leave. A U.S. Marine helped a young Cuban child off one of the refugee boats poured into Key West for weeks, May 10, 1980.
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro salutes in Havana, in June 1988.
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  • Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Cuban president Fidel Castro shake hands after signing the first "Friendship and Collaboration Treaty" in thirty years of close relations between the U.S.S.R. and Cuba, on April 2, 1989, in Havana.
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro waves to the Cuban Olympic delegation as they pass the reviewing stand during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, July 25, 1992. At right is IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
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  • Fidel Castro made it his mission to return the young Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba after his mother died while trying to defect to the United States with the young boy. Elian was brought back to Cuba after becoming the center of an international custody battle in 2000.
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro meets with former South African president Nelson Mandela at Mandela's office in Johannesburg, September 2, 2001.
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro calling for time as former President Jimmy Carter prepares to throw the first pitch in a baseball game in May 2002 in Havana.
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  • Fidel Castro speaks during a ceremony celebrating the inauguration of emergency classes for high school teachers in the President Salvador Allende school, in the Karl Marx Theatre, September 9, 2002 in Havana. The Cuban national flag, carrying the white star in the center, is shown in the background.
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  • Cuban President Fidel Castro during a ceremony granting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez UNESCO's 2005 Jose Marti International Prize at the Revolution Plaza in Havana, Feb. 3, 2006.
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  • Cuba's former President and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro, President of Cuba, after Raul had been officially elected as Fidel's successor as head of Cuba's ruling communist Party PCC in the Palacio de las Convenciones on April 19, 2011, in Havana.
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  • Fidel Castro, Cuba's former President and revolutionary leader, makes a rare public appearance to attend the inauguration of an art gallery, Jan. 8, 2014, in Havana. Castro, who ceded power to his brother Raul Castro in 2008 after falling ill in 2006, was last seen in public in February 2013 at a National Assembly meeting. The gallery Castro visited is run by Cuban artist Alexis Leyva, aka Kcho.
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  • Cuba's Fidel Castro visits with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, in Havana, July 11, 2014. The 88-year-old former Cuban leader had not been seen in public for months.
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  • Pope Francis holds hands with Fidel Castro in Havana, Sept. 20, 2015. The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familial, with an exchange of books.
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  • Tourists take pictures inside a state run market where a picture of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro is seen on a wall which reads "Welcome", in Havana, March 28, 2016.
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  • Fidel Castro sits as he clasps hands with his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, right, and second secretary of the Central Committee, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura moments before the playing of the Communist party hymn during the closing ceremonies of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, in Havana, Cuba, April 19, 2016.
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  • Soldiers with images of Cuban leader Fidel Castro march during the May Day parade at Revolution Square, in Havana, May 1, 2016. Thousands of people converged on the square for the traditional May Day march. Fidel Castro will turn 90 on Aug. 13.
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  • Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro, right, shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Sept 19, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. Rouhani was on a one-day official visit to Cuba.
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