Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - January 2, 1959, Long Beach, California
PRESIDENT NAMED DY CASTRO AS FORCES ROLL INTO HAVANA BEARDED REBEL leader Fidel Castro who has tak- en over control of Cuba following overthrow of Fulgencio Batista appeared young and serious in this pose in 1957 at mountain Cuba Rebels Jail 3 AP Newsmen as Havana Boils Rebels Keep ight Lid on Capital Gty Final Showdown on Isle Control Obviously Near BULLETIN HAVANA UP) Tanks swung into battle today in lighting that seemed to cen- ter around a business district block where troops from a private army of Fulgencio Batista's followers were holed up. Gunfire hammered In the streets and bullets whistled about the block the Man-' zana de Gomez which lies between the presidential pal- ace and Ihe Hotel Sevilla Biltmore. The men within were sol- diers in the heavily armed private army of Sen. Rolando Masferrer, a band of 200 to 300 that specialized in assas- sinating enemies ol the Ba- tista regime and plundering private property of rebel sympathizers. By LARRY ALLEN HAVANA Castro triumphantly pro- claimed Judge Manuel Ur- rutia temporary president of Cuba today and sent the vanguard of his bearded guerrilla fighters rolling into Havana. All Cuba appeared within the grasp of the 32-year-old rebel header whose relentless pres- isure sent President Fulgencio Batista and his civilian and military chiefs fleeing into exile Thursday. Even before the first truck- loads of rebel guerrillas spe newal season. Motorists havei until Feb. 4 to renew regis- tration. After that, therv will be a penalty fee.. Howard Link, department manager, today hired 15 ad- ditional employes to speed renewal processing. The Lonf Beach Police Department as- signed an officer as guard at. the DMD during the renewal- rush.