On this date in history, February 16th, 1959: Fidel Castro installed himself as dictator for life in Cuba

On February 16th, 1959, Fidel Castro made it official and installed himself as dictator for life of Cuba. 59 years later, the communist Castro dictatorship still rules the island. Not a single free election has occurred in 59 years and all the civil and political rights taken away from Cubans in 1959 remain absent in 2018.