February 24th 2008: Castro retires
On this day in 2008, Fidel Castro retired as President of Cuba. Castro became Prime Minister in 1959 and became President in 1976. He was a Cuban communist revolutionary and an anti-imperialist and went on to lead an overthrow of the US-backed government of President Batista in 1959. His communism alarmed the United States who tried numerous times to oust him. Due to failing health he transfered power to Vice-President Raul Castro.