Fidel Castro dead at 90
The man who spearheaded the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, has died. He was 90 years old. His younger brother, President Raul Castro, announced the news to the nation.
The former president’s death has sent a wave of grief across the nation. Castro led Cuba’s socialist government for almost half a century. He rose to power in the 1950s with a communist revolution that toppled the pro-U.S. government of the time.
He was a key figure in the decades-long Cold War that dominated world politics in the second half of last century. Under Castro, Cuba became an important ally of the former Soviet Union and cut all diplomatic ties with the U.S. It spent decades in relative isolation from the West. In 1962, Cuba began deploying Soviet ballistic missiles within range of the U.S. The Americans responded by setting up a military blockade, triggering the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cuba restored ties with the U.S. in 2015. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama became the first incumbent president in 88 years to visit the country.
Janet Jackson gets seventh number one album on Billboard charts
Although often overshadowed by her brother, Janet Jackson recently solidified her place as one of the top American female recording artists. Her latest album Unbreakable, reached number one the Billboard charts. As a result she has had a number one album in each of the past four decades; something that has only been done by Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen. Jackson also has the third most number-one albums of any female artist, behind Madonna with eight, and Barbra Streisand with ten.