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  • Cuba
    Thursday Jan 1, 1959

    Raúl Castro

    President Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba

    Cuba
    Thursday Jan 1, 1959

    In response to the victory by Che Guevara at the Battle of Santa Clara, the U.S.-backed President Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba in the early morning of 1 January 1959. After Batista's fall, Raúl had the task of overseeing trials and execution of scores (between 30 and 70) of soldiers loyal to deposed president Batista convicted of war crimes.




  • Havana, Cuba
    Friday Jan 2, 1959

    Che Guevara

    Control the Capital

    Havana, Cuba
    Friday Jan 2, 1959

    On January 2, Guevara entered Havana to take final control of the capital.




  • Cuba
    Thursday Jan 8, 1959

    Che Guevara

    Rally support in several large cities on his way to rolling victoriously

    Cuba
    Thursday Jan 8, 1959

    Fidel Castro took six more days to arrive, as he stopped to rally support in several large cities on his way to rolling victoriously into Havana on January 8, 1959.




  • Havana, Cuba
    Friday Jan 9, 1959

    Fidel Castro

    Castro reached Havana

    Havana, Cuba
    Friday Jan 9, 1959

    Heading toward Havana, he greeted cheering crowds at every town, giving press conferences and interviews. Castro reached Havana on 9 January 1959.




  • Cuba
    Monday Jan 26, 1959

    Raúl Castro

    Marriage

    Cuba
    Monday Jan 26, 1959

    Castro married Vilma Espín, a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineering student and the daughter of a wealthy lawyer for the Bacardi rum company, on 26 January 1959.




  • Cuba
    Tuesday Jan 27, 1959

    Che Guevara

    Significant Speeches

    Cuba
    Tuesday Jan 27, 1959

    Along with ensuring "revolutionary justice", the other key early platform of Guevara was establishing agrarian land reform. Almost immediately after the success of the revolution, on January 27, 1959, Guevara made one of his most significant speeches where he talked about "the social ideas of the rebel army".




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