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Key Dates in Fidel Castro's Government in Cuba

Associated Press

First published: November 26, 2016, 12:37 PM IST | Updated: November 26, 2016
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Key Dates in Fidel Castro's Government in Cuba
Cuba's President Fidel Castro addresses the audience during an anti-Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Havana in this April 28, 2005 file photo. (REUTERS)

Here’s a look at the key days in the government of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who passed away on Saturday

January 1, 1959: Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba

June 1960: Cuba nationalises US-owned oil refineries after they refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other US businesses expropriated by October

October 1960: Washington bans exports to Cuba, other than food and medicine

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April 16, 1961: Castro declares Cuba socialist state

April 17, 1961: Bay of Pigs: CIA-backed Cuban exiles stage failed invasion

February, 7, 1962: Washington bans all Cuban imports

October 1962: US blockade forces removal of Soviet nuclear missiles from Cuba. US President John F Kennedy agrees privately not to invade Cuba

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March 1968: Castro's government takes over almost all private businesses

April 1980: Mariel boatlift: Cuba says anyone can leave; some 125,000 Cubans flee

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: Seventy-five Cuban dissidents sentenced to prison

July 31, 2006: Castro announces has had operation, temporarily cedes power to brother Raul

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February 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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