, the longtime leader of Cuba, died yesterday at 90. Castro, who came to power leading a revolution that overthrew Fulgencio Batista in 1959 (a revolution that he declared was socialist after the fact), long loomed as the U.S.'s closest-to-home avatar of Cold War tensions. Castro, who has been in severely declining health for a decade, officially resigned from the presidency in 2008 and turned over power to his younger brother Raúl (now 85). The New York Times notes
that he had held onto power longer than any living leader other than Queen Elizabeth II. The news of Castro's death was reportedly met with celebrations in the streets among Cuban exiles in Miami.
President Barack Obama
had begun to open relations with Cuba; Donald Trump
threatened during the campaign to undo the détente, but Trump says all kinds of things so who knows. (Trump heralded the news an hour ago by tweeting
"Fidel Castro is dead!")