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Che's remains are finally located in Bolivia and returned to Cuba, where they are placed in a memorial at Santa Clara.
Bolivian General Mario Vargas revealed to author Jon Anderson Lee whom wrote Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, that Guevara's body was located near a Vallegrande airstrip. It would take until July of 1997 to find him
"Message to the Tricontinental" is published. Che is wounded and captured, and murdered by Bolivian forces acting under instructions from Washington. He is buried in an unmarked grave with other guerrilla fighters.
In November, Che arrives in Bolivia in disguise.
leads internatl'l mission to Congo to support the liberation movement founded by Patrice Lumumba. Responding to mounting speculation about Che's whereabouts, Fidel Castro reads Che's farewell letter to the Central Committee of the newly founded Cuban Communist Party. In December, Che returns to Cuba to prepare in secret for a new mission to Bolivia.
Che gives a speech at Algeres criticizing the Soviet Union. He disappears from the media, joining the Congo Revolution in Africa.
Che Guevara gives a speech on Imperialism
Che Guevara and a group of his guards were walking toward the United Nations where he was to address the General Assembly when one of the police on the scene noticed a woman running down the street toward Che's group. She started yelling and the officer noticed that she had a knife in her hand. The officer, Robert Connolly, and another officer, Micheal Marino sped after the woman. She was taken down moments later and no one was hurt.
Before heading off for an extensive trip around Africa, Che adresses the UN General Assembly in December.
Che Guevara and Robert Collier met in Cuba to plan an attack on the U.S. The attack was a collaberation of Che, Robert, Michelle Duclos, and members of the Black Liberation Army. The plan was to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Washington Monument. The plan, however, was foiled by the collaberation of the FBI, U.S. border patrol, and the Canadian Mounties.
Che travels to Algeria, which has just won independence from France under the government of Ahmed Ben Bella.
A fusion of Cuban revolutionary organizations takes place and Che is elected to the National Directorate. Che visits the Soviet Union for the second time.
Che is appointed head of the newly established Ministry of Industry. In August, he heads Cuba's delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS) at Punta del Este, Uruguay, where he denounces U.S. President Kennedy's Alliance for Progress.
Che talking about the Pathetic excuse of a Invasion at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba.
Che undertakes an extensive trip to the Soviety Union, the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, China and North Korea, signing several key trade agreements.
Che launches a series of terror training camps in Cuba which draws many recuits to his regime.
In February, Che is declared a Cuban citizen in recognition of his contribution to the island's liberation. He marries Aleida March, with whom he has four children. In October, he is appointed head of the Institute of Agrarian Reform and in November becomes President of the national Bank Of Cuba.
Che is promoted to the rank of commander in July 1957. December, 1958, he leads the Rebel Army to a decisive victory over Batista's forces at Santa Clara in central Cuba.
Che meets Fidel Castro, and joins the guerrila army against the Batista dictatorship. Now called "Che," by many cubans. November 1956 - he sails as the troop's doctor on the yacht "Granma"
Witnesses the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz overthrown by U.S.-back-forced. He escapes to Mexico and contacts Cuban revolutionary exiles. In Mexico, he marries Peruvian Hilda Gadea, and had a daughter, Hildita.
Journers through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemela. He meets Antonio (Nico) Lopex, a young Cuban revolutionary, and witnesses the Bolivian Revolution.
"Its center is threatened by the invasion of red tiled roofs that converge with the flat roofs of modern buildings. But something else will allow the yellowy color o its colonial buildings to live on, even after they have disappeared from the city maps: the spirit of Caracas, impervious to the lifestyle of the North and stubbornly rooted in the retrograde semi-pastoral conditions of its colonial past."
In the letter he describes the conditions under the right-wing government of Conservative Laureano Gómez as the following: "There is more repression of individual freedom here than in any country we've been to, the police patrol the streets carrying rifles and demand your papers every few minutes." He also goes on to describe the atmosphere as "tense" and "suffocating" even hypothesizing that "a revolution may be brewing." Guevara was correct in his prognostication, as a military coup in 1953 would take place, bringing General Gustavo Rojas to power.
"There is more repression of individual freedom here than in any country we've been to, the police patrol the streets carrying rifles and demand your papers every few minutes... the atmosphere is tense and it seems a revolution may be brewing. The countryside is in open revolt and the army is powerless to suppress it. The conservatives battle among themselves and cannot agree, and the memory of April 9, 1948 (assisnation of radical liberal politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitan) still weighs heavily on everyone's minds... we're getting out of here as soon as we can..."
Che comes upon a woman in Valparaiso who is suffering from both asthma and a heart condition, each of which inhibit her ability to work. Prior to this, she was a hard working waitress and earning a decent living. Incapacitated by her medical conditions, she is unable to better her situation. Che writes "It is at these times like this, when a doctor is conscious of his complete powerlessness, that he longs for change: a change to prevent the injustice of a system...".(pg 65) Che has a similar experience later in Chile when he develops a friendship with a Chilean couple who are communist. They are being harassed by the government because it is forbidden to be communist. Noticing their helplessness, Che offers some food and his blanket even though he knew he would be freezing the remainder of the night. Both of these experiences seem to create a sense of pity and frustration in Che. From these descriptions, the reader concludes that Che wants to become a person who would eventually help these people either directly as a doctor, or possibly through political action.
Alberto and Ernesto visit the ancient Mayan cities Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. It was the center of the Incan Empire. It was constructed in 1462. The entire area has amazing structures made out of stone.
Ernesto and Alberto travel from Tarata to Puno, Peru.
"It is at times like these when a doctor is conscious of his complete powerlessness, that he longs for change: a change to prevent the unjustice of a system..." (Page 70)
Che and Alberto sneak aboard the boat San Antonio because they want to travel to more northern ports. They are found and have to work during the trip. They end in the town of Valparaiso.
Che and his friend Alberto seem to be very intrigued by the leper colonies throughout their journey. This takes them into the heart of a different South American that they had previously encountered. Towards the end of the journey in Peru, Alberto and Che visit a leper colony is San Pablo. As a doctor, Che is able to recognize the good and bad aspects of the treatment the lepers receive. Unfortunately, the only acceptable thing the hospitals have to offer is drug treatment. “… the head surgeon at the clinic needed to perform a more or less serious operation, impossible at any rate to execute on a kitchen table and lacking the appropriate surgical equipment”(pg 122). Che describes these images in way so that even the reader would feel an impulse to help the lepers. At another leper colony they visit, Che tries to raise the spirit of the lepers by playing a game of soccer with them. His positive attitude and fearless service to the lepers is very admirable.
"Its daily pace is much faster and its traffic considerably heavier, it's buildings, the nature of its streets, its weather and even the faces of its people, reminded us of our own Mediterranean city."
Ernesto and Alberto cross into Chile on board the Modesta Victoria
Ernesto and Alberto Granado (biochemist) decide to go to North America. This trip is written as "The Motorcycle Diaries"
Che admires the architecture of the ancient city.
In this section of the book, Che is dismayed at the fact that many people are basically forced to work in horrible conditions. In fact, many people die in the mines. The area around the mines is so dead. Che describes it as an inhabitalbe place of suffering.
Ernesto sets out on a 4,500 kilometer trip around the north of Argentina on a motorized bicycle
Altering his plan to study engineering, Ernesto enrolls in medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, while holding a series of part-time jobs, including in an allergy treatment clinic.
The Guevara family moves from Buenos Aires to Alta Gracia, a spa town near Cordoba, on account of Ernesto's chronic asthma. His asthma also prevents him from regular attendance at school until he is nine years old.
Ernesto Guevara is born on June 14 in Rosario Argentina. He is the first child of middle-class parents Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna. His father ran a plantation that grew tea. He lost a good amount of inherited wealth through bad business deals. He was forced to sell the plantation to meet ends means.