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Cuban President Fidel Castro welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin at Jose Marti Airport in Havana on December 13, 2000

Cuban President Fidel Castro welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin at Jose Marti Airport in Havana on December 13, 2000

Cuba"s former leader Fidel Castro, right, shakes hands with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, left, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Fidel Castro: A life in pictures

Cuba"s former leader Fidel Castro, right, shakes hands with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, left, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (right) pictured in the 1960s during a meeting next to Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara.

Fidel Castro: A life in pictures

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (right) pictured in the 1960s during a meeting next to Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara.

President John Kennedy in the dramatic showdown over missile bases in Cuba Nov. 1, 1962

Fidel Castro: A life in pictures

President John Kennedy in the dramatic showdown over missile bases in Cuba Nov. 1, 1962

Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses the Confederation of Cuban Workers union (CTC) 28 January 1990 in Havana

Fidel Castro: A life in pictures

Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses the Confederation of Cuban Workers union (CTC) 28 January 1990 in Havana

April 25, 1959: Though Fidel Castro’s 1959 visit to New York City included a rally in Central Park at which a bomb-carrying assassin was thwarted, and though the Cuban leader’s program included seeding socialist revolution across the Americas, it didn’t preclude a break for ice cream, nor a trip to the Bronx Zoo. The Times reported Mr. Castro as saying, after he fed some elephants, that the zoo was “the best thing New York City has.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

April 25, 1959: Though Fidel Castro’s 1959 visit to New York City included a rally in Central Park at which a bomb-carrying assassin was thwarted, and though the Cuban leader’s program included seeding socialist revolution across the Americas, it didn’t preclude a break for ice cream, nor a trip to the Bronx Zoo. The Times reported Mr. Castro as saying, after he fed some elephants, that the zoo was “the best thing New York City has.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

Holding the hand of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during a four-week official visit to Moscow, 1963

Fidel Castro – a life in pictures

Holding the hand of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during a four-week official visit to Moscow, 1963

Moscow 1964 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) with Ernesto Guevara. Yurj Gagarin became the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961 and became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide undertaking many tours and official duties.

Moscow 1964 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) with Ernesto Guevara. Yurj Gagarin became the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961 and became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide undertaking many tours and official duties.

Fidel Castro (born 1926) is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as its Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as its President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.

Fidel Castro (born 1926) is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as its Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as its President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.

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