Interesting facts about Fidel Castro

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      132

The famous Fidel Castro became a symbol of the Cuban revolution, actually leading it, taking as an associate no less famous Che Guevara. However, later, Cuba still found itself in an economic blockade because of American sanctions. However, Castro still went down in history as one of the most charismatic state leaders of all times. We leave the assessment of his deeds to politicians and historians.

Facts from the biography of Fidel Castro

  • The father of the future leader of the revolution was born in Spain, but later he moved to Cuba.
  • Fidel Castro’s parents were not educated people, but having become relatively wealthy, they tried to educate their children.
  • As early as his school years, Fidel was noted by his teachers for his phenomenal memory. This property helped him well in his studies, and he made significant progress.
  • When he was 13 years old, he took part in the workers’ uprising on his own father’s plantation. At 14, Fidel Castro wrote a letter to American President Roosevelt congratulating him on his election victory and asking him to send him a $10 bill he had never seen in his life. He even received a reply, though without the bill.
  • Once, young Fidel Castro speeded up and drove his bicycle into a wall at full throttle on a dare. Because of that he ended up in the hospital, but he won the bet he had made.
  • During his college days, he usually carried a pistol with him and was often involved in fights.
  • Fidel Castro’s life took a new turn when he attended the University of Havana. It was then that he became imbued with revolutionary ideas.
  • The young Castro was cool to the ideas of communists, but eagerly read the works of Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky.

  • After his university studies, Fidel Castro practiced law for some time, and at his own initiative, he handled cases of poor people free of charge.
  • For plotting and attacking the government barracks, Castro was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison, but he was released after 22 months. Immediately afterwards, he left for Mexico.
  • He became famous for his energy and his remarkably long speeches. Castro once spoke to an audience for a full seven hours.
  • Most photographs taken during Fidel Castro’s lifetime show him with a cigar in his teeth. But the Cuban leader actually quit smoking back in 1986.
  • He claimed that by giving up his daily shave, he saved about 10 days of time each year.
  • In 1962, the Pope officially excommunicated Fidel Castro.
  • He usually met with foreign diplomats early in the morning, believing that they would be tired and sleepless, and it would be easier for him to get what he wanted from them.
  • The American secret service tried to kill Fidel Castro over 630 times, with everything from poison in diving gear to an open assault. None of the attempts were successful.
  • Many attempts on Castro’s life failed because of some almost mystical circumstances. One assassin was hit by a car, another had an attack of appendicitis at the most crucial moment, and when American infantrymen tried to swim to Castro’s base in inflatable boats, a storm suddenly broke out on the last leg of the trip, making the landing impossible and allowing the Cubans to disperse the attackers with machine-gun fire.

  • Fidel Castro considered Ernest Hemingway his favorite writer, rightly dividing his political enmity with the United States and his fiction.
  • When the revolutionary was forced to flee Cuba after another failed attempt at revolution, he took with him nothing but books, with which he stuffed his entire suitcase.
  • During his lifetime, Fidel Castro had eight children. True, only one of them was born in a legal marriage.
  • Castro was left-handed. This can be seen in the photographs where he writes with his left hand.
  • Of all the rulers of different countries, only two people in history have been in power longer than Fidel Castro.
  • One of the Cuban leader’s daughters fled to the United States in the early 1990s in the strictest of secrecy.
  • Fidel Castro once solved overcrowded Cuban prisons. Interestingly he freed the prisoners, put them on boats and sent them to the United States. The American authorities did not appreciate such a “gift,” since many of these people were dangerous criminals.
  • During Fidel Castro’s reign, the level of education in Cuba reached 98%.

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