| July 1953
||Fidel Castro attacks
Fulgencio Batista was the ruler of Cuba. Fidel Castro led an uprising against him by attacking the military barracks at Santiago de Cuba.
| October 1953
||Castro stands up for himself
After getting criticized for the Santiago attack, Fidel Castro made a speech. He said what he had done was right.
||Cuba gets a president
Fulgencio Batista made himself the president. He was now the sole leader of the country.
||Castro is released from prison
After being put in prison for his actions, Fidel is released by President Batista. Fidel Castro and his brother go to Mexico.
| June 1955
||The Castro brothers meet Che Guevara
The Castro brothers met Che Guevara in Mexico. He helped stir them up to continue their cause.
||They return to Cuba
The Castro brothers took Che Guevara and 80 other insurgents on a boat. They returned to Cuba.
| January 1957
||Their first victory
When they arrived in Cuba they quickly took over an army outpost on the coast. Their victory spurred others in the country to take their side.
||The revolutionary movement catches on
More people joined Fidel Castro's side as the year moved on. College students stormed the presidential palace and protestors were killed in the streets.
||The US boycotts Cuba
The United States stopped sending aid to Cuba because of the brutal fighting between its people.
| April 1958
||A country-wide strike
The people flocked behind Fidel Castro, so when he told them to quit working, they all went on strike. It hurt the country's economy.
| May 1958
||The president takes a stand
President Batista sent an army of 10,000 men to fight against Fidel Castro. Castro's small army defeated Batista's larger one.
| November 1958
||A plane is hijacked
A Cuban plane flying out of Miami, FL, was hijacked. The hijackers wanted to use the plane to deliver weapons to Fidel Castro's troops.
| January 1959
||Castro's forces advance
Fidel Castro leads his troops into Havana, and the president flees the city.
| February 1959
||A new government is set up
The rebel leader Fidel Castro became the Prime Minister, and elections were set up to elect other officials.
| April 1959
||Castro visits the US
The people in America greeted Castro like a hero, but some were nervous around him because they had heard he was a communist. They later learn they were right.