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Tried his hand at baseball. See also Cuba, Che Guevara and John F. Kennedy
Mobster Sam Giancana involved in assassination plots against Castro.
"There is no doubt in my mind that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated by Fidel Castro, or someone under his influence."
-- Sen. Robert Morgan, Senate Intelligence Committee
"I personally believe that Oswald was the assassin... As to whether he was the only man gives me great concern. We have several letters written to him from Cuba referring to the job he was going to do, his good marksmanship, and stating that when it was all over, he would be brought back to Cuba and presented to the chief."
-- J. Edgar Hoover
|13 Aug 1926
||Fidel Castro Ruz born, Mayari Cuba.
|26 Jul 1953
||Organizes an attack on Moncada Barracks, Oriente province. Attack fails, Fidel taken prisoner.
|15 May 1955
||Pardoned in a general amnesty.
||Meets Che Guevara for the first time, they discuss Fidel's plans to invade Cuba.
|24 Jul 1959
||Fidel Castro pitches two innings, striking out two batters, in a Havana Sugar Kings vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League) game.
||"I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement."
||"I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life."
|17 Apr 1961
||Bay of Pigs.
||Cuban Missile Crisis.
|22 Nov 1963
||President John F. Kennedy assassinated.
|31 Oct 2003
||Regarding recently-elected California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fidel Castro declares: "To judge from the photographs, he has a lot of muscle, but they have not tested him to see how much muscle he has in the brain... He may well have more force in the arms than in the brain."
|22 Nov 1963
||78-year-old Fidel Castro takes a fall during a graduation speech at an art school in Santa Clara, Cuba, 175 miles west of Havana, fracturing his left knee and right arm.