Fidel Castro Sworn in as President of Cuba,
February 16, 1959
l Comandante ruled supreme for 49 years as Prime Minister or President of Cuba and First Secretary of the Communist Party. Under his supervision, industry and businesses were nationalized, and socialist “reforms” were instituted by the Communist Party, the only one allowed. In that period, multiple thousands of people fled the country, often on flimsy hand-made boats, launched into the ocean hoping to make landfall in freedom in the United States. Many died enroute, escaping the people’s paradise. Multiple thousands of people were arrested, incarcerated, and shot, or died in captivity for having politically incorrect opinions or in open opposition to the Government tyranny. The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, and began clandestine plans to invade the island nation.
Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro (1926-2016) is shown arriving in Washington, DC April, 1959