Today in History: July 26th Movement is formed

August 8, 1955

Fidel Castro forms the “26th of July Movement“, the Cuban revolutionary organization that would dominate the face of Cuban history for more than half a century.

July 26, 1953 was the date on which a small group of revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, attacked the military Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.  The rebels would ultimately be unable to take control of the barracks.  They were severely outnumbered by soldiers loyal to ruling leader Fulgencio Batista and many of them were killed.  On the government’s side, fifteen soldiers and three policemen were also killed.  Castro and his captured comrades were arrested and later faced trial for the insurrection.  Fidel and other leaders of the attack were sentenced to several years in prison.

Despite, the capture and arrest of the rebels (and execution of other participants) the July 26 attack on the Moncada Barracks is regarded as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.  For that reason 26 July, was adopted by Castro as the name for his revolutionary movement (Movimiento 26 Julio or M 26-7).  The July 26 Movement would eventually overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista on 12 January 1959.


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  1. pick1solution August 9, 2018 at 1:37 am

    I remember, vaguely, the 1955 attack. In 1959 we were able to watch some the the Castro Revolution on TV. I have friends that had left, in a boat, in the middle of the night to float to the United States in 1960. Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. K D August 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      I’ve seen a couple of very good old documentaries from those years. I find it so interesting to read about and study. Interviews with those directly affected are incredible.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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