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Key Events in the Life of Fidel Castro

Here are some key events in Cuba under former President Fidel Castro: January 1, 1959: Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba. 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 medicine. April 16, 1961: Castro declares Cuba socialist state. April 17, 1961: Bay of Pigs:...

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