Timeline of the Cuban Revolution

Timeline Of The Cuban Revolution

Timeline of the Cuban Revolution

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The Cuban Revolution was the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista’s regime by the 26th of July Movement and the establishment of a new Cuban government led by Fidel Castro in 1959. It began with the assault on the Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953, and ended on February 1, 1959, when Batista was driven from the country and the cities Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba were seized by rebels, led by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro's surrogates Raúl Castro and Huber Matos, respectively.


  • 1952 March Former president Batista, supported by the army, seizes power.


  • 1953 July 26 Some 160 revolutionaries under the command of Fidel Castro launch an attack on the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba.
  • 1953 October 16 Fidel Castro makes "History Will Absolve Me" speech in his own defense against the charges brought on him after the attack on the Moncada Barracks.


  • 1954 September Che Guevara arrives in Mexico City.
  • 1954 November Batista dissolves parliament and is elected constitutional president without opposition.


  • 1955 May Fidel and surviving members of his movement are released from prison under an amnesty from Batista.
  • 1955 June Brothers Fidel and Raúl Castro are introduced to Che Guevara in Mexico City.


  • 1956 November 25 Fidel Castro, with some 80 insurgents including Raúl Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos set sail from Mexico for Cuba on the yacht Granma.
  • 1956 December 2 Granma lands in Oriente......
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