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
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.