On 24 February 2018, H.E. General Raul Castro (DOB 3 June 1931), President of the Republic of Cuba, will be replaced by the First Vice President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez (DOB 20 April 1960).
This will be the first time in fifty-nine (59) years that the Republic of Cuba will have a head of state and head of government whose family name is not Castro.
The date 24 February has significance to the Republic of Cuba and for the United States:
- 24 February 2013, H.E. General Raul Castro is elected to a 2nd term as President of the Republic of Cuba.
- 24 February 2008, H.E. Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz retires as President of the Republic of Cuba.
- 24 February 1996 was the date when two United States civilian aircraft were shot down by aircraft operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba (FAR); four individuals die.
- 24 February 1976 was the date the Republic of Cuba adopted its constitution.
- 24 February 1895 was the beginning of Cuba’s War of Independence.