|Birthname||Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz|
|born on||13 August 1926 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )|
|Place||Biran, Cuba, 20n33, 75w54|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||19°46' 11°13 Asc. 29°28'|
Cuban liberator who successfully overthrew President Batista's government 1/01/1959. Captured after a revolutionary attempt 7/26/1953, he was released from prison in 1955. When his guerrilla warfare deposed Batista, he established his position as dictator of Cuba. He has been diplomatically antagonistic to the U.S. since 1961.
He was the illegitimate third son of Angel Castro and Lina Ruz, a servant in the Castro household. Angel divorced Maria Castro and married Fidel's mother after she had had borne him seven children. Castro was named after Fidel Pino Santos, a wealthy Oriental politician and friend of Don Ángel. The Castro children remember their father as a beneficent rich man of a sugar plantation who looked after the welfare of his workers and also a man of extraordinarily violent temper, traits he passed on to son Fidel.
A good student, a charismatic leader with excessive energy and large appetites, Castro went to University law school. He married on 10/12/1948 and had one son, Fidel Jr. on 9/14/1949. In November 1952 he met the wife of a doctor with whom he had a long-term affair that lasted past his time in prison and a divorce.
On 3/10/1952, Batista seized power. Castro formed an insurrection group. He led a small group in a revolution on 7/26/1953. Arrested, he was found guilty and jailed. While in prison, he read and studied history, philosophy and politics up to his release on 5/15/1955.
On 7/07/1955, Castro left Cuba for Mexico City, where he met Che Guevara. On 12/05/1956 they began the revolutionary invasion. After defeat, he fled on 12/31/1957.
"My vocation is the revolution. I am a revolutionary, and revolutionaries do not retire." Castro has stubbornly remained dictator of Cuba despite dissension in the ranks and numerous attempts to unseat him.
On 3/15/2001 Hallgeir Langeland, a left-wing member of the Norwegian Parliament, nominated Castro for the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping other nations.
On July 31, 2006, it was announced that the Cuban leader had temporarily handed the reins of government to his brother Raul while he underwent and recovered from emergency surgery to correct gastrointestinal bleeding.
On February 19, 2008, the ailing leader of Cuba announced that he was stepping down from power. On February 24, 2008, the Cuban National Assembly selected Fidel’s brother Raul Castro as President.
- associate relationship with Guevara, Che (born 14 May 1928)
- friend relationship with Cienfuegos, Camilo (born 6 February 1932)
- lover relationship with Lorenz, Marita (born 18 August 1939)
- opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Batista, Fulgencio (born 16 January 1901)
- sibling relationship with Castro, Raúl (born 3 June 1931)
- Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 26 July 1953 (Captured after attempted revolt 1953 (07/26))
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- Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 1955 (Released from prison)
- Health : Medical procedure 2006 (surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding)
- Work : End Major Project 19 February 2008 (Announced that he was stepping down as President)
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John McKay-Clements quotes a new biography "Castro" 3/96, "He swears it was August 13, 1926, 2:00 AM."
"Fidel and Religion" (Simon & Schuster, 1987) is the record of 23 hours of talks with Frei Betto. On p.2 it mentions in parenthisis that Castro was born August 13, 1926.
Tad Szulc "Fidel Castro, A Critical Portrait" (Hutchinson, London, 1987) "For years there has been disagreement of 1926 or 1927. He himself swears 1926. Even the Soviet press gave the wrong data in a lengthy biography published in 1963 and the error has been maintained in the Cuban news. The confusion stems from a change made in his school records when he lost three months of classes because of post-appendectomy complications. It was at Manacas that Castro was born (p.96), a large sugarcane-cattle estate located in the municipality of Biran in the northern Oriente province coast, about 25 miles south of the Bay of Nipe and the same east of Dos Rios. In any case, he was born about 2:00 AM on 13 August, 1926, weighing ten pounds."
Monica Hable Dimino writes in April 1993, "One of my students spoke to Castro during a dinner reception and asked his data. He said, "I was born the 13th of August of 1926 at 4:44 AM In Vertientes, Cuba, my mother told me." Dimino later corrected the birth location as Veranorientes, just outside of Santiago.
"Peter Bourne "Fidel" (1986, p.14) "He was born on his father's farm, Las Manacas, near the village of Biran not far from the town of Mayari in the Oriente Province. He weighted 12 pounds at birth. The third of three illigitimate kids, he was six when his parents married. He was too young to enrole in school so they pushed his age back a year to make him eligible, and the date of 1926 has been given ever since. He himself gives 1926 and the Cuban government gives 1926, but the year of his birth was 1927.
AQ Winter/1960 quotes Lavagnini "from official government sources" for 8/13/1926, 1:00 PM.
Bruna Serrotti wrote in Mercury Hour 7/85 "I read that Castro was born 8/12/1926, Wrong! It was 7/26/26 in Havana, information from the Cuban Embassy in New York."
Boris Cristoff gives 1927, "When Alina Castro came to my house as a consultant she said his father was almost 29 years when she was born. She was born in on 19/3/56, 7h00 Habana, so Fidel was born in 1927. " In early September 2005, Tony Martinez writes via e-mail," I know the NBC News Bureau chief in Havana, Cuba. I asked her to research this and she told me the following - Fidel Castro Ruz, August 13, 1926, 2:00 AM Biran, Oriente Cuba. Time of birth comes directly from his autobiography - http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article.php?lab=AutobiographyCastro: '...These whirlwinds can get to be five to eight kilometers high and three hundred kilometers across and last an average of eight days. But I couldn’t have known I was being pushed into this world on that night of August 13, 1926, around two in the morning, nor that there was a hurricane at a reasonable distance from Birán..'."
Sy Scholfield quotes from "The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered" by Samuel Farber (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), p. 182: "While Fidel Castro's official birth date is August 13, 1926, he was actually born on August 13, 1927. His father had Fidel's original birth certificate changed so that he could enroll at the Belen high school (Claudia Furiati, Fidel Castro: La Historia Me Absolvera. trans. Rosa S. Corgatelli [Barcelona: Plaza Janes, 2003], 48-49, 81)."
Scholfield notes that Castro's time of birth is stated in various news reports and biographies, eg.: "Havana, Aug 15 (EFE).- Commenting on his 73rd birthday Friday, Cuban President Fidel Castro said it was the "best" he had ever had ... 'I believe I was born at two in the morning,' Castro said. 'And that explains my guerrilla tendencies, since I was born at night.'" ("CASTRO: "I'VE NEVER HAD A BETTER BIRTHDAY," 15 August 1999, EFE News Service).
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of seven)
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Civil/ Political (Prison)
- Personal : Birth : Illegitimate birth
- Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Overthrew Batista)
- Vocation : Politics : Heads of state (Dictator of Cuba after Batista)
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure (World figure)
- Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection