Birth date: June 3, 1931Birth place: Birán, CubaBirth name: Raúl Modesto Castro RuzFather: Ángel Castro, a wealthy Spanish landownerMother: Lina Ruz, a cook and maid to Angel Castro's first wifeMarriage: Vilma Espin (1959-2007, her death) Children: Mariela, Nilsa, Deborah and AlejandroEducation: Attended the University of HavanaTimeline:
1953 – Attempts, along with his older brother Fidel Castro, to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, after which both are sentenced to 15 years in prison. They are released less than two years later as part of an amnesty for political prisoners. Both go into exile in Mexico. January 1, 1959 – The Castros successfully overthrow the Batista government. January 1959 – Three weeks after taking power, Fidel Castro states that his brother is to be his successor, telling supporters, "Behind me are others more radical than I."October 1959 – Fidel appoints Raul to several prominent roles in his government including defense minister.April 1961 – Castro's troops defeat the CIA-led Bay of Pigs invasion. 1962 – Becomesdeputy prime minister.July 1962 – Visits the Soviet Union and signs a draft treaty agreeing to allow Soviet nuclear missiles to be installed in Cuba. This development leads to the US-Cuban Missile crisis.1970s – Is involved in the military conflicts in Angola and Ethiopia. 1972 – Appointed first deputy prime minister (later called vice president).1991 – Helps Cuba navigate a severe financial crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. October 1997 – Cuba's Communist Party officially designates Raul as Fidel's successor should he die or be unable to perform his duties. 2001 – In an interview with Cuban state television, Castro says he'd like to see Cuba improve its relationship with the United States: "I am among those who believe that it would be in imperialism's interest to try, with our irreconcilable differences, to normalize relations as much as possible during Fidel's life." July 31, 2006 – Fidel temporarily hands over power to Raul while undergoing intestinal surgery.February 19, 2008 – Fidel, in a letter, resigns from office. This paves the way for the National Assembly to select Raul as Cuba's new leader.February 24, 2008 – Castro is chosen by Cuba's National Assembly to be the country's new president.December 2008 – Makes first international trip as president, visiting Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez. March 2, 2009 – Reorganizes his Cabinet, replacing long-time aides to Fidel.April 6, 2009 – Meets with visiting members of the US Congressional Black Caucus.April 19, 2011 – Elected to succeed Fidel as first secretary of the Communist Party. March 2012 – Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba and meets Castro. The pontiff prays for "those deprived of freedom" and talks about human rights throughout his tour of the country. February 24, 2013 – After being reelected by the National Assembly, Castro announces he will step down in 2018, at the end of his second five-year term. December 17, 2014 – Cuba and the United States announce plans to renew diplomatic relations after a half-century of tension. April 12, 2015 – Castro meets with US President Barack Obama during the Summit of the Americas in Panama. May 10, 2015 – Meets Read More – Source