People.com Celebrity Happy Birthday, Elian! By Staff Author Published on October 13, 1997 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Forget Richard Hatch. The world’s most famous castaway, Elian Gonzalez, celebrated his 7th birthday yesterday in his hometown of Havana. Cuban president Fidel Castro attended the festivities, reports NBC News. “Happy birthday, Elian!” Cuba’s official radio stations repeated in messages during yesterday’s broadcasts. The afternoon birthday party at Elian’s school was broadcast live by state television and radio across the island. No word on what Elian, who for a time lived in Miami, thinks of the Florida election.