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Gonzalez, Elian

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Born: 1993 AD
Currently alive, at 21 years of age.

Nationality: Cuban
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1993 - Born in Cárdenas Cuba on the 6th of December.

1999 - In November, his mother, and twelve others left Cuba on a small aluminum boat with a faulty engine; Elián's mother and ten others died in the crossing.

         - His father Juan Miguel González-Quintana had telephoned Lázaro from Cuba on the 22nd of November to advise that Elian and his mother were on their way to Miami.

2000 - On the 1st of June, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Elián was too young to file for asylum; only his father could speak for him, and the relatives lacked legal standing. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the decision.

         - Elián González returned to Cuba with his father, Juan Miguel González, on the afternoon of June 28th.

2005 - In September, he was interviewed by 60 Minutes. He stated during the interview that Fidel Castro was a friend, and that he considers Castro "not only as a friend but as a father".

2006 - In December, an ill Fidel Castro wasn't able to attend Elian's 13th birthday celebration and his brother Raul stood in instead. Elian is now a teenager in high school.

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