Cuban History

Historical Events

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DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1492-10-28 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name "Juana"

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1515-08-25 Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founds Havana in modern day Cuba, on the southern coast of the island. Moved to its current location in 1519.

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1519-02-18 Hernán Cortés leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1519-07-25 San Cristobal de la Habana forms in Cuba
  • 1628-09-08 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn captures Spanish silver fleet in the Bay of Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1787-05-17 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds

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1800-11-24 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland depart Caracas for Cuba where they met fellow botanist John Fraser

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 1829-06-05 HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba
  • 1839-07-02 Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner La Amistad revolt to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another
  • 1863-03-21 Naval Engagement at Havana, Cuba: USS Henrick Hudson vs Confederate blokcade runner Wild Pigeon
  • 1868-10-10 Cuba revolts for independence against Spain
  • 1869-04-10 José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
  • 1875-09-29 US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion
  • 1878-02-10 Pact of Zanjón signed between Cubans rebels and the Spanish bringing the 10 Years War to an end
  • 1886-10-07 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba

Historic InventionBaby Incubator

1888-09-07 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York
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The first baby incubator in the U.S. in State Emigrant Hospital in New York
The first baby incubator in the U.S. in State Emigrant Hospital in New York
  • 1890-01-22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC
  • 1895-01-31 Jose Martí & others leave NYC for invasion of Spanish Cuba
  • 1895-02-24 Cuban war for independence begins

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1896-10-06 Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1898-04-22 US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

1898-04-24 Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
  • 1898-06-10 US Marines land in Cuba during Spanish-American War
  • 1898-06-11 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo, Cuba during the Spanish-American War
  • 1898-06-15 US marines attack Spanish off Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1898-06-24 American troops drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas, Cuba
  • 1898-07-03 US Navy defeats Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor, Cuba
  • 1898-07-17 Spanish American War: Spaniards surrender to US forces at Santiago de Cuba
  • 1899-01-01 Cuba liberated from Spanish rule by the US, American occupation continues till 1902
  • 1900-11-05 Under US military control since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba now calls its own constitutional convention
  • 1901-02-21 In Cuba, the constitutional delegates adopt a constitution much like that of the USA
  • 1901-03-02 United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops
  • 1901-06-12 In Cuba, the constitutional convention - knowing that the USA will not withdraw its troops until does so - adopts the Platt Amendment as part of its constitution
  • 1901-12-31 In the first election under their new constitution, Cuba elects a Congress and their first president, Tomas Estrada Palma
  • 1902-05-20 United States withdraws its troops from Cuba as the first Cuban president, Tomas Estrada Palma takes power

  • 1902-12-11 The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products
  • 1903-02-23 The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations
  • 1904-02-05 American occupation of Cuba ends
  • 1906-02-24 Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising
  • 1906-08-23 Cuba's 1st president Tomés Estrada Palma asks for US intervention
  • 1906-09-28 US troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909
  • 1906-09-29 US intervenes in Cuba ousts dictator Estrada Palma
  • 1906-10-03 US regime names Charles Magoon, governor of Cuba
  • 1908-11-14 Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba
  • 1909-01-28 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • 1909-02-01 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • 1911-01-30 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
  • 1912-05-31 US marines land on Cuba
  • 1912-06-05 US marines invade Caimanera, Cuba

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-03-09 US Senator albert fall (Teapot Dome) demands "Cubanisation of Mexico"

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1914-08-05 Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I
  • 1916-03-08 US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
  • 1919-10-03 Cuban Dolf Luque becomes first Hispanic player to appear in Baseball World Series; pitches 1 inning of relief in Reds' 3-0 defeat to Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park
  • 1920-03-08 Denmark & Cuba join the League of Nations
  • 1921-06-06 Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0
  • 1926-10-20 Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600
  • 1927-03-24 Cuban chess champion Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie

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1931-11-17 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • 1932-11-09 Hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur Cuba kills 2,500
  • 1933-08-12 Cuban dictator Machado y Morales flees after military coup

BattleCoup d'état

1933-09-04 Coup on Cuban president De Cespedes by Fulgencio Batista

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

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1953-07-26 Fidel Castro leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, intended to spark a revolution in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

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1959-01-07 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky

Famous Birthdays

  • 1638-04-11 Diogo Dias Melgaz, Portuguese composer, born in Cuba, Alentejo, Portugal (d. 1700)

Person of interestCalico Jack

1682-12-26 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, born in England (d. 1720)

Pirate Calico Jack
Pirate
Calico Jack
  • 1725-12-25 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1803)
  • 1746-07-25 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), born in Macharaviaya, Spain (d. 1786)
  • 1819-04-18 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, born in Bayamo, Spanish Cuba (d. 1874)
  • 1836-01-10 Charles Ingalls, father of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born in Cuba, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1842-11-22 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), born in La Fortuna, Cuba (d. 1905)
  • 1847-07-31 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • 1849-04-13 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • 1853-01-28 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician
  • 1861-06-17 Omar Bundy, U.S. Army general (Spanish–American War in Cuba), born in New Castle, Indiana (d. 1940)
  • 1868-06-03 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), born in Camagüey, Cuba (d. 1931)
  • 1868-10-10 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • 1873-08-04 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), born in San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba (d. 1953)
  • 1874-04-03 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1944)
  • 1881-05-11 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1882-09-13 Ramón Grau, 6th and 10th President of Cuba, born in La Palma, Spanish Cuba (d. 1969)
  • 1888-11-19 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1942)
  • 1890-08-04 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1957)
  • 1890-09-24 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1977)
  • 1900-05-20 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1900-06-12 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1939)

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

1901-01-16 Fulgencio Batista, Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), born in Banes, Cuba (d. 1973)

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1902-02-01 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban composer, born in Manzanillo (d. 1990)
  • 1902-12-08 Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (The Jungle), born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba (d. 1982)
  • 1903-08-14 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • 1904-12-26 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
  • 1906-07-30 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, born in La Habana (d. 1977)
  • 1907-06-11 Marino Barreto, Cuban pianist and singer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1995)
  • 1907-11-18 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1908-09-05 Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell, Cuban-Spanish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1910-12-19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1911-03-13 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1981)
  • 1911-09-11 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban pianist, singer and songwriter, born in Guanabacoa, La Habana, Cuba (d. 1971)
  • 1912-02-16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1914-11-15 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1990)

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

1917-03-02 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1917-12-11 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • 1918-05-07 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)
  • 1920-02-27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1921-01-17 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1921-12-21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1922-04-07 Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, Cuban percussionist (Afro Blue), born in Havana (d. 2003)
  • 1922-11-29 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), born in Perico, Cuba (d. 2015)
  • 1923-06-22 Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1923-07-23 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1997)
  • 1923-10-15 Italo Calvino, Italian author (Winter's Night a Traveler), born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba (d. 1985)
  • 1924-06-16 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1924-10-21 Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (d. 2003)
  • 1925-08-07 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • 1926-01-06 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)

Person of interestFidel Castro

1926-08-13 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1926-12-25 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1927-04-22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music , born in Cuba (d. 2005)
  • 1927-10-12 Antonia Rey [Francesch], Cuban-born American actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928-05-31 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba

Person of interestChe Guevara

1928-06-14 Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 1967)

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1928-07-02 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Rio Bravo, Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), born in Guanajay, Cuba (d. 1966)
  • 1928-12-11 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1996)
  • 1929-11-10 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2015)
  • 1930-01-30 Sandy Amorós, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1992)
  • 1930-10-29 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer (Cuarteto d'Aida; Buena Vista Social Club), born in Havana, Cuba

Person of interestRaúl Castro

1931-06-03 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 1932-02-06 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1959)
  • 1932-05-08 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933-02-15 Adolfo, Cardones Cuba, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)
  • 1933-11-17 Orlando Peña, Cuban baseball player
  • 1938-07-15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1939-03-01 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • 1939-08-18 Joe Azcue, Cuban baseball player, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1940-10-04 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • 1940-10-30 Miguel Calderón Gómez, Cuban basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1940-11-23 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941-07-04 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • 1941-10-09 Chucho Valdés [Jesús Valdés Rodríguez], Cuban musician (Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna), born in Quivicán, Cuba
  • 1941-12-02 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1941-12-04 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2008)
  • 1942-01-29 Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38)
  • 1942-03-09 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba
  • 1943-02-24 Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician
  • 1943-06-24 Georg Stanford Brown, Cuban actor (Terry Webster-Rookies), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1943-07-16 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), born in Aguas Claras, Holguín Province, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1943-10-07 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1944-04-27 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1946-05-21 Ronald Bear, actor and director (Make-up), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1946-06-22 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club)
  • 1946-09-02 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1946-11-29 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban poet
  • 1947-07-28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1947-08-26 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • 1947-11-01 Rolando Garbey, Cuban light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1968; World C'ship gold 1974), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1949-10-31 Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1949-11-06 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • 1950-02-08 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • 1950-03-04 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-11-18 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-11-21 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950-12-03 Alberto Juantorena, Cuban athlete (Olympic gold 400m/800m [WR 1:43.50] 1976; only athlete to win that double), born in Santiago de Cuba

Famous Weddings

  • 1923-03-23 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-07-10 Cuban president Fulgencio Batista (25) weds Elisa Godínez y Gómez (25)

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

LoveWedding of Interest

1959-01-26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

Famous Deaths

  • 1512-02-02 Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba's First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists

BattleCalico Jack

1720-11-17 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, executed for piracy by hanging in Port Royal at 37

Pirate Calico Jack
Pirate
Calico Jack
  • 1786-11-30 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), dies of typhus at 40
  • 1803-07-14 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, dies at 77
  • 1872-07-18 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • 1874-02-27 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, dies at 54
  • 1895-05-19 Jose J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies
  • 1905-04-29 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), dies at 57
  • 1905-10-02 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), dies at 62
  • 1908-11-04 Tomés Estrada Palma, 1st president Cuba (1902-06), dies
  • 1929-01-11 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28
  • 1931-08-19 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • 1933-10-30 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • 1933-11-19 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, dies at 84
  • 1939-03-07 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, dies at 38
  • 1940-01-20 Omar Bundy, U.S. Army general (Spanish–American War in Cuba), dies at 78
  • 1944-09-07 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, dies at 70
  • 1953-10-13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50
  • 1957-07-03 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, dies at 66
  • 1959-04-27 Gordon Armstrong, American inventor of the baby incubator, dies at 69
  • 1959-10-28 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • 1962-10-27 Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba
  • 1966-03-12 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Rio Bravo, Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), dies of influenza at 37
  • 1969-07-28 Ramón Grau, 6th and 10th President of Cuba, dies at 87
  • 1971-10-02 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

1973-08-06 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1976-08-09 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • 1977-02-19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • 1977-11-15 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, dies at 71
  • 1980-04-24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1981-01-07 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, dies at 69
  • 1984-04-15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

1986-12-02 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies of lung cancer at 69

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1987-12-12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1989-07-13 Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, Cubans general, executed
  • 1989-09-14 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies at 71
  • 1990-10-16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • 1990-12-07 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), dies at 47
  • 1991-05-20 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • 1991-09-25 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, dies at 91
  • 1992-02-28 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • 1992-08-02 Julio C Fernandez, Cuban/American journalist (founder Alma Mater), dies
  • 1992-08-07 Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
  • 1993-07-11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1994-03-01 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • 1994-10-22 Fabio Grobart, founder (Cuban Communist Party), dies
  • 1996-04-16 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), dies at 67
  • 1997-04-07 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1998-02-24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1999-09-11 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), commits suicide of at 32
  • 2002-01-13 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • 2002-11-26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2003-02-01 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • 2003-02-13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2003-07-13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 95
  • 2003-07-16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • 2003-12-08 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2005-02-21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2005-07-30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • 2005-08-06 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2006-10-11 Benito Martínez, Haitan born Cuban who claimed to be the oldest living person at 126 (b. 1880)
  • 2007-02-03 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • 2008-03-22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • 2008-09-18 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), dies at 66
  • 2010-04-02 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • 2012-06-11 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2015-01-01 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • 2015-03-01 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), dies of heart disease at 92

Person of interestFidel Castro

2016-11-25 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2017-04-20 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), dies at 72
  • 2017-08-22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • 2017-09-03 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), dies at 75
  • 2018-12-16 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, dies of cancer at 62
  • 2019-10-17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98