Interesting facts about Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, the permanent head of the Cuban Republic, is one of the most recognizable and colorful figures in world history. His life was rich in amazing events, and sometimes wondering, reading about him – how could all this happen to a single person?

Fidel Castro has been a Cuban leader for more than half a century.

At the age of thirteen, Castro took part in an uprising of workers on the plantation.

Fidel Castro actually came to power in early 1959, overthrowing dictator Batista.

The famous Ernesto Che Guevara was Castro’s companion in the cause of the Cuban revolution.

The CIA more than six hundred and thirty times tried to eliminate Fidel Castro in one way or another, but without success.

Fidel Castro was excommunicated by the Pope in 1962.

The second name of Fidel Castro is Alejandro.

His sister, Juanita Castro, fled Cuba in the 60s and settled in the United States. She also collaborated with the CIA before she escaped.

During one of the speeches, Fidel Castro’s speech lasted more than seven hours.

Fidel Castro is very fond of cigars and Rolex watches. However, in 1986 he gave up smoking.

He has eight children.

Since 2006, information about the health of Fidel Castro is surrounded by a veil of state secrets.

Castro claimed that he saved up to ten working days a year, without wasting time on shaving.

Fidel Castro is left-handed.

When Castro fled to Mexico after the failed first attempt of the revolution, he took with him only one suitcase, according to eyewitnesses, very heavy. Subsequently it turned out that when he fled Castro took with him only the most valuable for him – books.

At fourteen, Castro wrote a letter to US President Roosevelt and even received an answer.

When the US invited the Cubans to emigrate to them, Castro sent back to the Americans on boats of all dangerous criminals, devastating the prisons.

Fidel’s daughter, Castro Alina, secretly fled to the United States in 1993.

Longer than Castro, in power were only two rulers – the English Queen Elizabeth and one of the kings of Thailand.