At 10:29pm EST on November 25, 2016, Fidel Castro passed away at 90.
It makes no difference whether you loved him as the liberator of Cuba, or reviled him as the worst thing that ever happened to the island. The fact remains that Fidel Castro straddled the last fifty-seven years of world history, from his successful Revolution of January 1, 1959 to this very day.
The revolutionary period in Cuba began in 1868 with the Ten Year War led by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and ended with the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by Castro, ninety-one years later. Fidel has been the leader in name if not in fact for fifty-seven of the 148 years since Céspedes fired the first shot. No other leader in the Western Hemisphere has managed to maintain power for as long, and have as much impact on Third World Nations, especially in South America.
We can expect the island to be in mourning for at least the next year. Join me in March to record this milestone in history. There are two spaces left.