Cuba History Timeline Events
February 24, 1956
FEU President José Antonio Echeverría publicly announces the creation of the Directorio Revolucionario (Revolutionary Directorate) to fight Batista. The DR had actually been founded by Echeverría and other student leaders in 1955 as an underground paramilitary organization with the aim of engaging in sabotage, terrorism and assassinations to overthrow the Batista government. The DR operated as the political violence arm of the FEU and the Auténticos.