Cuban History

Historical Events

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Historic Discovery

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

  • 1492-11-05 Christopher Columbus learns how to grow and harvest maize (corn) from Cuba's indigenous population
  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 1519-07-25 San Cristobal de la Habana forms in Cuba

Victory in Battle

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.
  • 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

Baby 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1898-04-22 US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors
  • 1898-06-10 US Marines land in Cuba during the 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Cincinnati 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

Sports History

1927-03-24 Cuban chess champion José Raúl Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournament

Historic Event

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

Coup d'état

1933-09-04 Coup against Cuban president Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada by Fulgencio Batista

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1638-04-11 Diogo Dias Melgás, Portuguese composer of sacred polyphonic music, born in Cuba, Alentejo, Portugal (d. 1700)

Calico Jack

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

  • 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, Cuban poet, essayist and politician (fought for independence from Spain), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1895)
  • 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)

José Raúl Capablanca

1888-11-19 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban World Chess Champion (1921-27), born in Havana, Cuba, Spanish Empire (d. 1942)

  • 1890-08-04 Dolf Luque, Cuban Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1919, 33; MLB wins leader & MLB ERA leader 1923; Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants), 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)

Fulgencio Batista

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

  • 1902-02-01 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban pianist, organist, and composer, born in Manzanillo, Cuba (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. 1953)
  • 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 [Máximo Muñoz-Telles], Cuban trova guitarist, singer, and composer (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1907-12-03 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 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 José Ardévol, Spanish-Cuban composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (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)
  • 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)

Desi Arnaz

1917-03-02 (Desiderio) "Desi" Arnaz, Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

  • 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 and 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, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1922-11-29 Minnie Miñoso, Cuban Baseball HOF left-fielder (9 x MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago White Sox), 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 (If on a Winter's Night a Traveler), born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba (d. 1985)
  • 1924-06-16 (Eli) "Lucky" Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1924-10-21 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', born in Havana, Cuba (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)

Fidel Castro

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

  • 1926-12-25 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1927-04-22 (Lorenzo) "Laurel" Aitken, Cuban-Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Caribbean pop and ska music, born in Havana, 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, Cuban-American concert pianist, and professor (Juilliard School, 1966-2010), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2010)

Che Guevara

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

  • 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

Raúl Castro

1931-06-03 Raúl Castro, Cuban revolutionary, politician (First Secretary 2011-21) and brother of Fidel Castro, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

  • 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
  • 1940-11-23 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-Méndez, Cuban cosmonaut, first Latin-American in space (Soyuz 38, 1980), born in Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba

Bert Campaneris

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 outfielder (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and 7 other teams) and coach (NY Yankees, and 4 other teams), born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1944-04-27 Cuba Gooding Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1946-06-22 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist and singer (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Loma de la Avispa, Cuba
  • 1946-09-02 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1946-11-29 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer-songwriter and musician (Nueva Trova movement), born in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
  • 1947-07-28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1947-08-26 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor (George Lopez), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 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, Cuban cosmonaut, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 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, Cuban basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Alacs Mtnzs, Cuba
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, Cuban athlete 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
  • 1951-08-12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952-03-29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings

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

Fulgencio Batista

1926-07-10 Future Cuban President and dictator Fulgencio Batista (25) weds Elisa Godínez y Gómez (25)

Raúl Castro

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


Famous Deaths

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

ExecutionCalico 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

  • 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 Marti y Perez, Cuban poet (Versos sencillos) essayist and politician (fought for independence from Spain), dies fighting the Battle of Dos Rios at 42
  • 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, Cuban politician, 1st president of Cuba (1902-06), dies at 73
  • 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 HOF pitcher (World Series 1919, 33; MLB wins leader & MLB ERA leader 1923; Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants), 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, Cuban politician, 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
  • 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

Desi Arnaz

1986-12-02 (Desiderio) "Desi" Arnaz, Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables),r, dies of lung cancer at 69

  • 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 of a stroke 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 [Guadalupe Yolí Raymond], Cuban salsa, boleros, and guarachas singer, dies of a heart attack 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 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 son cubano singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from injuries suffered in a car crash at 47
  • 2003-02-01 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban Latin jazz percussionist and band leader, dies at 85
  • 2003-02-13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2003-07-13 Compay Segundo [Máximo Muñoz-Telles], Cuban trova guitarist, singer, and composer (Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 95
  • 2003-07-16 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', dies of cancer at 77
  • 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 singer (Los Bocucos, 1959-91; Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 78
  • 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 trumpeter, husband and manager of legendary singer Celia Cruz, dies from complications of diabetes at 85
  • 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 Miñoso, Cuban Baseball HOF left-fielder (9 x MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago White Sox), dies of heart disease at 92

Fidel Castro

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

  • 2017-04-20 Cuba Gooding, Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "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 and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98