Cuba factsCulture quiz
Who was the longest-ruling non-royal national leader since 1900?
Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for 52 years (1959-2011). He was the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Commander in Chief of the country’s armed forces, Prime Minister (1959-1976) and President (1976-2008).
Who is the author of the most famous photo of Ernesto "Che" Guevara?
Alberto Korda. The photograph portraying the bust of a thirty-one-year-old Che Guevara was taken by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda. The image, which became an unofficial international symbol for revolution, was taken at a rather somber gathering. On 5th March 1960, a memorial service was held in honor of the victims of the La Coubre explosions in Havana, Cuba. The photographer later said that he was drawn to Che’s magnetic persona and above all, his facial expression. He later said that the revolutionary’s face reflected grief and anger and showed “absolute implacability.”
Which countries use two types of money?
Cuba has two currencies. Moneda nacional (national money or the Cuban peso) is the currency that wages are paid in and some goods are sold in. The convertible pesos (CUC) is the currency tourists must exchange their dollars, euros, or other currencies for. Many goods are sold, even to Cubans, only in CUCs.05.04.2010
Who holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered at the United Nations?
Fidel Castro. Castro's speech from 1960 at the United Nations was 4 hours and 29 minutes long. His longest speech on record in Cuba was 7 hours and 10 minutes in 1986 at the III Communist Party Congress in Havana.