Women, Whiskey and Dodging Death: The Life of Fidel Castro

He Went On and On and On and On…

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Fidel Castro had a reputation for fiery long speeches, but he really took it to the extreme during the 872nd plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the 26th of September, 1960. His United Nations speech went on for a whopping 269 minutes (that’s 4 hours and 29 minutes).

That lengthy speech earned him the Guinness Book of World Records title of longest speech ever delivered to the United Nations, however, it wasn’t his longest speech ever. One of Fidel Castro’s longest speeches on record lasted seven hours and 30 minutes.He gave that speech in February 1998. That wasn’t the only record he held.