Ed Sullivan interviewed Fidel Castro in Cuba over a week after the triumph of the Revolution in January 1959.
Fidel and the doves.
On January 8, 1959 Fidel Castro gave his first public speech in Havana after the triumph of the Revolution; he spoke from a small stage set up on the parade field at the Columbia military facilities. In the middle of his speech, several white doves started fluttering around him. One perched on his shoulder and sat there for several minutes, in a scene that enthralled the people in the audience and the hundreds of thousands who were watching the spectacle on TV. — Ignacio Ramonet in Fidel Castro: My Life
Cubans are a people with powerful religious and spiritistic superstitions, going back to the Afro-Cuban traditions of slavery, and that night in January confirmed their faith: The dove in Cuban myths represents life, and now Fidel had their protection. — Tad Szulc in Fidel: A Critical Portrait
Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín, far right, presenting Fidel Castro with his portrait in 1961. A life-long friend of Castro, Guayasamín completed a number of canvases featuring the likeness of the Cuban leader.
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Here is Fidel Castro gracing the cover of the American Time magazine less than a month after the fall of Batista.
Learning what not to do.
В карибском море по-прежнему неспокойно on Flickr.
О берега свободной Кубы
Агрессор поломает зубы!
Guyanese prime minister Forbes Burnham in Cuba with Fidel Castro during the 1970s. Burnham, who also served as president, died in office on August 6, 1985.