Castro deposes Batista, Jan. 1, 1959
Guerilla leader Fidel Castro came to power on Jan. 1, 1959, when his predecessor left Cuba.
“Cuba was plunged into near-anarchy Thursday when President Fulgencio Batista suddenly gave up the fight against rebels led by Fidel Castro and fled to the Dominican Republic,” reported an Associated Press article in the Jan. 4, 1959, Pacific Stars and Stripes of Tokyo, Japan.
“Batista said he was leaving ‘to prevent further bloodshed’ and appointed Supreme Court Justice Carlos M. Piedra as provisional president. Castro denounced the appointment and said that he had chosen Judge Manuel Urrutia for provisional president of Cuba.”
Read more about Castro’s rise to power
A Jan. 4, 1959, article in The New Mexican of Santa Fe, N.M., analyzed the rebel leader’s improbable victory. Castro more patient than Batista
A story in the Jan. 22, 1959, Rocky Mountain Morning Telegram of Rocky Mount, N.C., discussed Castro’s plans for Batista’s followers. Effort to justify mass executions