Fidel Castro | 1950s
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Fidel Castro | 1926-2016

Fidel Castro | 1950s
Fidel Castro as a young revolutionary in this undated photo, received by The Times in 1958. (Los Angeles Times)
Fidel Castro | 1953
Antonio “Nico” Lopez, left, Abel Santamaria, Fidel Castro, Jose Luis Tasende and Ernesto Tizol stand with comrades in Los Palos, Havana province, during the preparation of the attack on the Moncada Garrison.  (Prensa Latina / AFP/Getty Images)
Fidel Castro | 1959
Castro is escorted by New York police during his visit with the city’s mayor. Officers surrounded Castro after a report of a plot to assassinate the Cuban leader.  (Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1960
Castro with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at the United Nations.  (Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1961
Castro, the son of a prosperous sugar cane grower, cuts sugar cane to set an example for workers early in his long tenure as Cuban president.  (Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1978
Castro enjoys a Cohiba cigar during a ceremony at the Palace of Receptions in Havana. (Phil Sandlin / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1979
Castro addresses the United Nations General Assembly. (Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1985
Castro with Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega at the opening of a sugar processing plant in the Central American country. Cuban workers built the project. (Arturo Robles / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1985
Castro during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana. (Charles Tasnadi / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1986
Castro delivers his closing address before delegates of the Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana. (Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 1991
Castro with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. (First Run Features)
Fidel Castro | 2000
Castro and former President Carter attend funeral services for former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Montreal. (Jacques Boissinot / Associated Press)
Fidel Castro
Castro with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in an early photograph, found in one of Hussein’s residences in Baghdad in 2003.  ()
Fidel Castro | 2003
Castro consults with his brother Raul during a meeting of the Cuban parliament. Castro, the only leader Cuba had known for nearly five decades, would hand the reins of power to his brother after undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006.  (Adalberto Roque / AFP/Getty Images)
Fidel Castro | 2006
Castro delivers a speech at the closing meeting of a seminar in Havana. (Alejandro Ernesto / European Pressphoto Agency)
Fidel Castro | 2006
Castro greets a visitor in a photo released by the Cuban government. (Cortesia / Estudios Revolucion)
Fidel Castro | 2006
Castro participates in the final session of the Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana.  (Juventud Rebelde / European Pressphoto Agency )
Fidel Castro | 2006
Castro during his recovery from intestinal surgery, after which he lost more than 41 pounds, he said in a statement at the time.  (Associated Press)
Fidel Castro | 2011

2011: Castro at the Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, during which he officially relinquished his position as head of the party.

 (Adalberto Roque / AFP/Getty Images)