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Monday, 15 August 2016 10:37

Castro’s Birthday

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Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro talk at Fidel's 90th birthday celebration in Havana. Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro talk at Fidel's 90th birthday celebration in Havana. TeleSUR

Yesterday, August 27, Fidel Castro turned 90 years old. He is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures of our time. Both hated and worshiped Castro has turned out to be a survivor. It has been 57 years since he took power, 54 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis which almost caused World War III and ten years since he turned over power to his brother Raúl due to a personal health crisis.

In 2011 Castro stated, "I never thought I’d live so long. Soon my time will come just like everyone else.”

He was 32 years old when he triumphantly marched into Havana after defeating an army of 80,000 men with a smaller guerrilla force and driving then dictator, Fulgencio Batista into exile.

Over the years Castro has survived despite at least 634 plots to kill him and overthrow his government, according to Fabián Escalante, the ex head of Cuban Intelligence.

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