Fidel Castro, the former leader of Cuba who led a communist revolution on the island nation, died Friday, state-run media reported. He was 90. The following is a look back at Fidel Castro's 45 years as the leader of Cuba, from the UPI archives.
Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's revolutionary forces, and members of his staff are pictured in the Sierra Maestra mountains on June 7, 1957. From right, Captain Juan Almeida, Captain George Sotus (both seated, right corner), Captain Crescentio Perez, Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Captain Raoul Castro, the leader's younger brother (kneeling foreground), Lieutenant Universo Sanchez, Castro's adjutant, Dr. Ernesto "Che" Guevara, official physician of the rebel army and Captain Guillermo Garcia. File photo by UPI
Fidel Castro (L), leader of the "26th July" revolutionary group which ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon following talks in Washington April 19, 1959. UPI file photo.
Fidel Castro is pictured with screen stars Maureen O'Hara (L) and Alec Guinness (R) at Havana's Cathedral Square on May 13, 1959 during visit to set of Columbia Pictures Film "Our Man in Havana," which is on location in Havana. UPI file photo.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson (L) shakes hands with Cuban leader Fidel Castro as he arrives in Cuba on June 25, 1984. Jackson will attempt to negotiate the release of prisoners with Castro during his meetings here. UPI file photo.