- Despite assassination plots, an invasion and five decades of economic sanctions, Fidel Castro outlasted nine U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower to Clinton.
- The CIA had a plot to use a depilatory chemical on Fidel Castro to cause his beard to fall out.
- Fidel Castro holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered to the United Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes, on Sept. 26, 1960.
- Fidel Castro was born on a Friday the 13th.
- In 1940, 12-year-old boy Fidel Castro wrote a letter to President F. Roosevelt to request a $10 bill because he had never seen one before.
- Fidel Castro has said that he saved ten working days a year by not bothering to shave.
- Nelson Mandela co-authored a book with Fidel Castro.
- Fidel Castro once ran for Congress as a candidate for the opposition Orthodox Party. But the election was scuttled because of a coup staged by Batista.